If it weren’t for Hardik Pandya, India would have been staring at a heavy defeat in the first Test against South Africa at Cape Town. But the all-rounder’s effort with the bat and ball has given the visitors an outside chance of saving, and possibly, winning the game after reeling at 92/7 in the second session. A 95-ball 93 in testing conditions against a testing attack, followed by two wickets at the fag end of Day 2 was commended by many on social media.
Here’s a selection of them:
Intent makes such a big difference. So proud of Hardik for a really special counter-attacking innings.
Hope the bowlers do something special in the second innings.#SAvIND
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 6, 2018
Some 90s are more valuable than many 100s….Pandya’s innings of 93 was one of those. Well played. #SAvIND
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 6, 2018
One's stature as a player increases when one scores overseas and against an attack comprising Steyn, Rabada, Morkel & Philander when everyone else has struggled, Hardik Pandya shows how it is done. Privilege to watch that 93.
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 6, 2018
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) January 6, 2018
Hardik Pandya didnt just attack. This was a sensible, cleverly played innings. Has risen many notches as a player.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 6, 2018
This stat sheds light on how important Pandya’s innings was!
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) January 6, 2018
Pandya’s 93 came on the same day as Kapil Dev’s birthday. Mohandas Menon was reminded of India’s World Cup winning captain for a different reason. High praise indeed!
Hardik Pandya's 93 reminds one of Kapil Dev's fabulous 129 against a rampaging Allan Donald at Port Elizabeth in 1992!#SAvIND
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 6, 2018
Okay, this is not an expert opinion but conveys the feeling!
— That LOL Buddhu (@lolbuddhu) January 6, 2018