He has been hailed as the next Kapil Dev, called India’s Jacques Kallis and is considered the next big thing in Indian cricket. However, for Hardik Pandya, coming in to rescue the team when the chips are down is something he is used to big time.
On Day 2 vs South Africa, he walked out to bat at 76/5. When the man reached his half-century, the score was 131/7. He had slammed 51 out of the 55 runs and hit 10 fours in his 46-ball fifty.
The Indians had been hurt bad with the early losses of Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli on Day 1. The South Africans were on the money with their bowlers breathing fire.
Pandya was the sole act of defiance from the Indians and it will certainly shut his critics who were skeptical of how well he would do outside the sub-continent.
Twitter was quick to spot his contribution and pounced on the chance to praise that knock:
Pandya Proves To Be India’s Lone Warrior As His Solo Act Of Defiance Keeps South Africa At Bay His fifty was the first sign of a fight from the Indians. Hardik Pandya, Indian cricket team, India vs South Africa
Enjoying watching this uncomplicated, uninhibited batting from Hardik Pandya. Looking like a batsman.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 6, 2018
Other Indian Batsmen : Bowl is swinging & bouncing , its very difficult to bat.
— Boring… (@graphicalcomic) January 6, 2018
— Sunil- The Cricketer (@1sInto2s) January 6, 2018
— shrikant kirwale (@shrikantkirwal1) January 6, 2018
India’s greatest allrounder Hardik Pandya is paying tribute to India’s former greatest allrounder Kapil Dev on his birthday.
— Kuptaan🇮🇳 (@Kuptaan) January 6, 2018
Big day for Rohit sharma and Hardik pandya…i know chances are slim but hope for a miracle. #savind
— Agnyaathavaasi S V K (@svkhere) January 6, 2018
— “LUV TYAGI”s WARRIOR (@me_rathijit) January 6, 2018
With Hardik Pandya’s four, India somehow reach 100 runs. Still 186 runs short of SA’s first innings total. @DeccanHerald
— Madhu Jawali (@MadhuJawali) January 6, 2018
So, Hardik Pandya is dealing in boundaries with only 3 wickets in hand. Good move! #INDvSA
— Jessy Rajkumari (@RajkumariJessy) January 6, 2018