Hardik Pandya keeps his word to brother Krunal with successful India-Australia ODI series – The Asian Age

Thursday, Dec 07, 2023 | Last Update : 04:00 AM IST
Hardik Pandya was India’s third highest scorer in the series, striking 222 runs along with picking up six wickets.
Nagpur: Team India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has had a season to remember so far. After having got to his maiden Test century in Sri Lanka earlier in the summer, he followed this up with a fine performance against Australia in the recently-concluded ODI series at home, where he was awarded the Playeer of the Series.
The dashing all-rounder earned plaudits from all corners and among them was his own brother, Krunal Pandya. The senior Pandya revealed how Hardik kept his promise to Krunal before the commencement of the Australia series.
Just before the #INDvAUS series, @hardikpandya7 told me he will set the stage on fire & today I can proudly say, “you did it… and how!”🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/ORoYAwAhWz
Hardik quickly responded:
🙏🏼❤️ https://t.co/qsIOhHaL2j
Both the brothers share a good rapport with each other, having played together for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL). While Hardik has featured in all three formats for Virat Kohli’s side, Krunal has been a household name in the domestic circuit and also when it comes to featuring for the India ‘A’ side, but has failed to break into the senior team.
Hardik was India’s third highest scorer in the series, striking 222 runs along with picking up six wickets. India skipper Virat Kohli also heaped praise on the all-rounder, labelling him as ‘the biggest asset’ from the series.
“Hardik Pandya is the biggest asset (from the series). Selection dilemma is always a good headache for me as a captain because it's always better to have plenty to pick from and take the best 11 possible,” the skipper said.

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