Hardik Pandya shined with the ball and bat in the third ODI against Australia. In the Chennai ODI, he blasted 83 batting at number seven to change the course of the match. In Kolkata, he again batted at No.7 and shared a vital 35-run stand with Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Kohli also heaped special praise on Pandya and termed the “explosive” all-rounder as a “great asset” for the team.

“I’m really, really satisfied with the win. He (Pandya) is a star, has the ability with the ball, bat and the field. We need a guy like that, we’ve been missing an explosive all-rounder. He is a great asset for Indian cricket,” Virat Kohli said after the match.

He performed with the ball in the first innings, which got all the important wickets of dangerous David Warner. An off-cutter on the middle was enough to confuse Warner, who tried to defend the opener.

“When I got the sixes, I knew that I can play a few dot balls as well,” he said.

When asked if there was any extra pressure, Pandya stated that he was in control of the situation. “I was batting on 40 or something and the equation was also at run-a-ball. We knew if we took the game deeply, then the boundary balls will also come since the margin of runs wasn’t much. We bat pretty deep, and it was only a matter of spending more time. We actually knew we could get over the line,” Pandya said.

“I try to contribute in every way I can. I want to get better, there’s always scope for improvement,” he said.

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