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It’s almost like India is playing with 12 players: Mickey Arthur

Hardik Pandya, Six Sports

In match number 2 of the Asia cup 2022, India’s all-rounder Hardik Pandya showed the world what he’s capable of. Hardik Panday became the player of the match. His A game came against the arch-rivals Pakistan in Dubai stadium.

Former head coach of Pakistan national team Mickey Arther compared the star Pandya and proteas legend Jaques Kallis. Pandya looked in an amazing touch as he scored 33 runs off just 17 balls that he played. Moreover, he also took three very important wickets in the first innings. Arthur who was a part of the coaching staff when Pakistan won the Champions Trophy, said having Pandya in the team is very similar to playing 12 players in a match. Arthur, who is a former Proteas player, while speaking to ESPN said

“Hardik Pandya in the side means it’s almost like India is playing with 12 players. It reminds me of my time back in South Africa when we had Jacques Kallis. You have a guy who can be one of your four seamers and bat in your top-five, I have seen Hardik mature and mature and his leadership in the last IPL was outstanding. He managed his team very well and played so well under pressure,”

Arthur also said Hardik has shown a lot of maturity recently and has been playing really well. While, playing in the final over, India needed 7 runs. However, Jadeja got out in the over. After Jadeja’s dismissal, the new finisher in the team arrived. He overtook a single and gave the strike to Hardik Pandya. Soon after taking the crease, Hardik Pandya played a shot. However, this turned out to be a dot ball. As the next ball was bowled Hardik Pandya swang his bat and smashed the ball for a six.

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