In a recent interaction with the media, India’s former captain Sourav Ganguly spoke about India’s win in the first ODI against Australia. He credited skipper Virat Kohli for MS Dhoni’s good form with the bat, and said that the relationship between Kohli and Dhoni has helped Dhoni counter and overcome bad form. After giving up the ODI and T20 captaincy, Dhoni’s batting average has been above 90, with his career average also above 50. He played a couple of match saving innings in Sri Lanka before his vital knock of 79 against Australia in Chennai. Ganguly also said that Virat’s faith and confidence in Dhoni has allowed the later to play his game with freedom.
The former India captain also had good things to say about all-rounder Hardik Pandya who put in a man-of-the-match performance in the first ODI against Australia. Pandya starred with both bat and ball in Chennai and was the chief architect of the victory. Ganguly said that although he didn’t want to compare the two players, Hardik should idolise the legendary Jacques Kallis and play his game accordingly since he has the potential to play for India for a long time.
The Indian team is currently well served with a lot of young cricketers coming through the ranks and Hardik Pandya is a fine example of how to strike the right balance between being an effective limited overs cricketer and a good Test cricketer as well. It might be safe to assume that Pandya will probably lead the pack of the next generation of Indian cricketers, and show the way to other youngsters.
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