AUS 293/6 (50.0 Ovs)
IND 294/5 (47.5 Ovs)
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Hardik Pandya was promoted at the fall of the second wicket in the third One-dayer against Australia.
Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma – India had cruised to 147 for 2 in 23.3 overs when Pandya walked out to bat.
“The message was always simple.” Pandya said. “Play your game, however you play. It depends, I can play all kinds of innings. Obviously the plan was to target the spinners and it came out pretty well.”
Pandya’s uber-cool personality translates into his deconstruction of his own methods. “I just back myself… and in cricket, the confidence always matters and I’m confident that I can clear the ground,” he said.
“I don’t think that much. I focus only on the things which I can focus and right now I’m just playing my cricket. I just back myself and if you back yourself, you always come out on top. I mean you can’t score everyday but yeah, backing yourself is pretty important.”
Hardik Pandya (Man of the Match): “It feels good. Almost through but I would want finish the match next time. I saw the promotion as an opportunity rather than a surprise. I wanted to target the left-arm spinner. When I got the sixes, I knew that I can play a few dot balls as well. I try to contribute in every way I can. I want to get better, there’s always scope for improvement.”