Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman had heaps of praises for the Indian all-rounders Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja, whose heroic partnership of 150 runs for the sixth wicket set up India’s first win on the tour of Australia this year. India kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and were 152-5 at one stage. No one except Virat Kohli could continue and get a big score. But Pandya and Jadeja batted brilliantly and helped India post a competitive total of 302-5 in their 50 overs. This was too much for Australia as they were bowled out for 289.

“India were in a spot when they lost Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul and Virat in quick succession. Another wicket then, and the advantage of the toss would have been totally frittered away. Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja ensured that didn’t happen with an outstanding partnership that underpinned their growing maturity and composure as batsmen,” Laxman opined.

Laxman has been impressed with the way both Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja applied themselves as batsmen. Both took their time and got settled into their innings before getting aggressive in the last 10 overs. He was happy with the way they showed maturity in their batting, especially Jadeja who has taken his game to the next level ever since that brilliant half-century aginst New Zealand under pressure in the World Cup semifinal last year.

“Hardik has the well-founded reputation of being a dasher, but in this series, he has shown that he can bat in more than one gear. His situational awareness has been exemplary, and he again demonstrated that he is as equipped to build an innings as he is adept at unleashing big strokes towards the end. He has been the biggest batting gain on this tour.

Jadeja’s batting has gone to another level following his World Cup semifinal half-century against New Zealand. He trusts his game a lot more and is thinking like a batsman. He and Pandya complemented each other beautifully to push the team past 300,” Laxman wrote.


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