Since it was against Pakistan’s archrival, India won their opening game of the Asia Cup 2022, which was considered to be one of the most important games. India had five wickets remaining when they completed the 148-run mark. The Player of the Match was announced to be Hardik Pandya.
Indian captain Rohit Sharma stated that the team knew that irrespective of the situation, team India were ready to clinch the Ind-Pak clash. Rohit further talked about coming back in the game and specially about Hardik Pandya who performed as a true all-rounder last night.
Every Indian supporter in the world is now celebrating thanks to Hardik Pandya’s outstanding performance. After a long time, India and Pakistan played a match that was so tight that both teams had equal chances of winning until Pandya scored six to end it in the “Blue’s Way”
Ravindra Jadeja too made a significant impact, scoring 35 runs off only 29 balls while hitting two fours and two sixes. 52 runs were scored in partnership between Jadeja and Hardik for the fifth wicket.
“Halfway through the chase, we still knew that we can win irrespective of the situation. We had the belief and when you have that belief, these things can happen. It’s about giving clarity to the guys so that they know their roles well. It was a bit challenging but I’ll take wins like this any day over usual victories. Yes, they (India’s pace bowling) have come a long way in the last year or so and they have adapted well to different situations. Since the time he (Hardik) has made his comeback, he’s been brilliant. When he was not part of the team, he figured what he needs to do to his body and his fitness regime, and now he is clocking 140+ easily. His batting quality we all know and it’s been brilliant since his comeback. He is a lot calmer now and more confident about what he wants to do, whether it’s with the bat or with the ball. He can bowl really quick, we saw that today with those short balls. It was always about just understanding his game and he’s doing that well now. In a high-pressure chase with 10 rpo needed, you can panic but he never showed any of that,” said skipper Rohit Sharma during the post-match interview.