Hardik Pandya and Moeen Ali: the six-athon cricketers

Glen Mclaughlin
September 27, 2017

"It's not about playing just the one way you want to play", he said on the sidelines of India A's unofficial Test against New Zealand A.Dravid is not the lone person who is impressed with the all-rounder.

In the ongoing 5-match ODI series between India and Australia, Pandya has been one of the India's best performer. "If he bats at six, he bats in a particular way", Dravid said.

It was a similar case for Ali when he came into bat in the third ODI against West Indies on Sunday. Pandya was named the man of the match for his exploit with the bat.

"It's not just about hitting". I wanted to target the left-arm spinner.

Courtesy a solid foundation laid by the openers - Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma - India had cruised to 147 for 2 in 23.3 overs when Pandya walked out to bat. "That's why I waited till the seventh over and then I got the opportunity to change the momentum and grabbed it with both hands", the all-rounder pointed out. Rather than seeing this as a challenge, I see this as an opportunity to do something nice for the team. "Play your game, however you play".

While speaking about the experience higher up the order, he said, "It does not make any difference where I bat".

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After clinching the series, Pandya, in his typical swagger, stated that reading the situation was important. On his way back to the bowling mark, Cummins sledged Pandya who had arrived at the non-striker's end after taking the single.

Many legends and experts have already hailed Pandya as one of the greatest gifts the sport has received in a long time.

With his consistent performances, Pandya is expected to carry the weight of expectations like other star players of the team.

"I've been watching India v Australia and I've detected that young Mr Kohli has a lot to say when a wicket falls", Llyod, who is known as Bumble wrote in his column on Skysports.com. Having taken the team to a semblance of safety, Pandya seized the moment and smashed three big sixes and a boundary off wrist spinner Adam Zampa in the 37th over. "I thought the way they played, they took the game away, executed it really well, got themselves ahead of the scoring rate and set it up for the rest of the guys". It's a treat to watch them play and score runs.

"We are loving the ratings, but if we are a little more pragmatic then you will realise that the Indian team in the previous year or so haven't been stretched by the opposition. This concept of "play your natural game", which I hear all the time, frustrates me because there's no such thing in my belief as "natural game", Dravid added.

Pandya's all-round feats have given rise to comparisons with Kapil Dev.

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