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Hardik Pandya made a great start in the Asia Cup 2022.
Pandya took 3 wickets for 25 runs against Pakistan.
Hardik played an unbeaten innings of 33 runs in 17 balls.

New Delhi. Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya started the Asia Cup 2022 campaign with a sensational match-winning performance against Pakistan on Sunday (August 28). His talent on the field has been appreciated by many former cricketers and experts. India’s former World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev also praised Hardik’s performance, but also gave an advice to this all-rounder.

Kapil Dev believes that the presence of all-rounders like Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja always helps the team find the right balance. However, at the same time Kapil indicated that Pandya should take care of his fitness. Kapil Dev said in an interview to news agency ANI, “This is where the team benefits (presence of all-rounders like Hardik Pandya). You have Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja who can bowl their overs and bat well. Any all-rounder player is important for the team. Hardik has made us so proud, but the only thing is that he has to take care of himself.”

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He said, “Because when one capable person gets injured, the whole team gets injured. No one can doubt his ability. Sometimes the only thing I worry about is his injuries.”

India’s World Cup-winning captain also said that if Hardik Pandya gets injured, it will definitely disturb the entire structure of the team. Pandya not only made a significant contribution with the bat against Pakistan but he also performed brilliantly in the bowling department.

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In their very first match against India, Pakistan were bundled out for 147 runs in 19.5 overs. Pandya took three wickets for just 25 runs in four overs. He was successful in dismissing Mohammad Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed and Khushdil Shah. Pandya later played an unbeaten innings of 33 runs in 17 balls and helped his team to a thrilling five-wicket win.

Hardik Pandya’s flamboyant innings included four fours and a six. In the final over, Pandya hit three fours and finally he scored the winning run for the ‘Men in Blue’ with a six in the final over. The 28-year-old all-rounder has made a full recovery this year after suffering a back injury in 2018.

He led Gujarat Titans to their maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) title in his first season. In the 15th season of IPL, Hardik Pandya scored 487 runs at an average of 44.27. His strike rate was also impressive of 131.27. He scored four fifties in IPL 2022. Pandya also took eight wickets. He has scored 314 runs in T20 Internationals this year at an average of 34.88.

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