Hardik Pandya attributes T20l win to Rohit Sharma's brilliant century

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Hardik Pandya attributes T20l win to Rohit Sharma's brilliant century

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SportsCafe Desk

07/09/2018

Heaping praise on Rohit Sharma, Pandya said that the opener single-handedly won the match for India with his brilliant century in the decider. Pandya, who also played a major role in India's win with both bat and the ball, has stated that he doesn't care about his game till the team wins.

Pandya was in many ways the lynchpin in India winning the T20I series against England. In the deciding match, despite Rohit led the side to victory from the front, skipper Virat Kohli was smitten by Pandya's display. And rightly so, as the all-rounder took four wickets in the first innings before making a quickfire 33 runs in just 14 balls to take India to victory.

After the game, Pandya stated that every game that he has played has taught him a new lesson which he could implement further in his career. He also appreciated Rohit's match-winning century stating that he had single-handedly won the match for them. With 11 fours and five sixes, Rohit made his third T20l hundred in 56 balls on Sunday.

“Rohit played amazingly well. He was outstanding and played a fantastic hand. He won the game single-handedly for us. We expect that from him. I haven't seen anyone hit the ball as hard as Rohit,” Pandya told in a post-match press conference.

“Not having two good games and then coming back to play such an innings, that is special. It shows the confidence players have in this team, in themselves. It all comes down to the support staff. They have been great,” he added.

Pandya didn't start the match in the best of ways giving away 22 runs in his first over itself, and he further stated that he focused on variating his deliveries thereon to increase his efficiency.

“My focus was to make sure that I bowled different balls rather than just bowling yorkers because bowling length was the key. With the shortest boundaries on the straight, I kind of mixed things,” he said.

When asked if his performance in the match was one of his best, he stated that it can be called that in a certain way, but he would have liked to do better with the ball.

“You can say so. We would have loved to restrict them for fewer runs. I gave 38 runs overall but in the first over I would have liked to give fewer runs. Maybe I can call it the best performance. It doesn't matter though. In the end if the team wins, even if I give 50 runs and don't take wickets, I am more than happy,” he said.

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