India won the T20 series against New Zealand under the captaincy of Hardik Pandya.
Former opener Wasim Jaffer praised Hardik’s captaincy
New Delhi. The Indian team won the trophy by winning 1-0 in the three-match T20 series against New Zealand under the captaincy of Hardik Pandya. The first match was washed out due to rain. India won the second match by 65 runs while the third match ended in a tie. After the match, former opener Wasim Jaffer praised Hardik. He was described as a brave captain.
Talking to ESPNCRICINFO Hindi, Jaffer Bolo said, “The Indian team was slightly ahead of New Zealand in this match. There was awareness about the game, the team focused on attacking from the very beginning because they knew that if it rains at any time, then the match might not be completed. The Indian team showed awareness about the match and attacked from the very beginning. If even one or two wickets fall then it doesn’t matter but stay on DLS. When the match was stopped, India managed to tie the score according to the Duckworth-Lewis method.
“At one time it seemed that there were 140 for 2 wickets in 16 overs, so it seemed that maybe the team would reach 180 or 190 runs. Rather, 200 runs were expected to be scored because Napier’s ground is small. But the way Arshdeep and Siraj came back, two wickets fell and the way Arshdeep finished it is commendable.
Captain who gave freedom to the players
“I have been keeping an eye on Hardik’s captaincy since IPL. I am very impressed with his captaincy, winning the IPL trophy like this in the very first season is a big thing. The biggest thing is that he looks very calm and comfortable. This shows that he gives players a chance to play freely and enjoy it himself. The burden of captaincy doesn’t affect his performance, that’s a good thing.”
take risks, will see vicissitudes
“He is not afraid to take risks at all. Like in the last match Deepak Hooda was finally called to bowl, the rest of the captains would have thought before doing so but they did. It also paid off and got two or three wickets in the last, so it is a good thing. Even though we are getting victory now, the journey ahead is long, so there will be ups and downs and defeat will also be seen. Even after all this, I think he is a brave captain and he gives freedom to the players which is a very good thing.
FIRST PUBLISHED : November 22, 2022, 23:08 IST