“Certainly Yuvraj Singh Can Make A Couple Like MS Dhoni”: Sunil Gavaskar On India Stars
File photo of Sunil Gavaskar.© PTI
India beat England by five wickets in the third and deciding ODI on Sunday to take the series 2-1. Chasing a target of 260 runs at Old Trafford in Manchester, India were 72 for 4 in one leg of the game. This is when Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant shared a 133-run stand for the fifth wicket to help India win the game. While Hardik played an innings of 71 runs in 55 balls, Pant remained unbeaten till the end with an unbeaten century of 125 runs in 113 balls.
Former India player Sunil Gavaskar feels that both Hardik and Pant can make a pair like Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni did for India.
On Sports Tak, Gavaskar said, “Yes, Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant can definitely make a pair like Yuvraj (Singh) and (MS) Dhoni.”
Hardik played an important role in India’s bowling in Sunday’s match as well. In the first innings, the player returned figures of 4/24 – his best figure in ODI cricket, before scoring a half-century in the second innings.
In the match, Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided to bowl first. The Indian bowlers bundled out England for 259, with Jos Buttler being the highest run-scorer for England, thanks to his 60-run stand. Apart from Hardik, Yuzvendra Chahal also shone in the innings with figures of 3/60.
In reply, India’s top-order failed to give the team a good start as the trio of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli could only add 35 runs. However, Pant and Pandya came to India’s rescue and it eventually helped the guests win the ODI series.
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