Hardik Pandya was just dying to get into the thick of things: R Sridhar

first_imgHardik Pandya was just dying to get into the thick of things: R SridharIndia fielding coach R Sridhar revealed how eager Hardik Pandya was to get back into the Indian team and perform against New Zealand.advertisement India Today Web Desk HamiltonJanuary 30, 2019UPDATED: January 30, 2019 14:06 IST India tour of New Zealand 2019: Hardik Pandy picked up two wickets and a brilliant catch on his return to international cricket following the Koffee With Karan suspension (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHardik Pandya took 2 for 45 from his 10 overs in the third ODI vs New ZealandIndia fielding coach R Sridhar revealed how eager Pandya was to perform on returnSridhar was also full of praise for Pandya’s catch to remove Kane WilliamsonHardik Pandya made his return to Team India after the Koffee with Karan controversy and after his subsequent suspension was lifted by BCCI.Pandya made an immediate impact as he took 2 for 45 from his 10 overs and took a stunning catch to see off New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.Team India fielding coach, R Sridhar on Wednesday revealed how eager Pandya was to play the 3rd ODI in Mount Maunganui and make a mark.”No one was more keen than Hardik Pandya to play that game,” Sridhar said at the pre-match press conference ahead of the 4th ODI in Hamilton.”He’s been working very hard during the time he got back home and the kind of energy he brought into the team, the desperation he brought was magnificent to see. He’s always been a good fielder. He was just dying to get into the thick of things and be a part of this and get back to what he loves doing, that is to play cricket and play it best he can,” Sridhar said.Perfect weather here in Hamilton for an intense session. pic.twitter.com/MwVHldu6GJhardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) January 30, 2019The Indian fielding coach was also full of praise for Pandya’s catch in the third match.”That catch – he made a very difficult catch look easy. By no means an easy catch and then also the fact that it was Kane Williamson’s catch; the extra pressure of one of the best batsmen in the world. I think that was a turning point,” Sridhar said.”I would say a piece of magic from Hardik Pandya. He’s known for that. He’s one of the best fielders as we have in the country. If you also notice, he hit the stumps on quite a few occasions in his comeback match, which was very pleasing to see,” he added.advertisementPandya after the match posted “Thank you” on his social media platforms.Thank you ?? pic.twitter.com/rzIKQX7ELxhardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) January 28, 2019His performance also got praise from Kohli as well as Sunil Gavaskar.Pandya derailed New Zealand, Sunil Gavaskar hailed the all-rounder for a terrific performance.”Terrific performance, absolutely terrific performance. It’s never easy [to fly and straightway play a match]. The jet lag can get to you. He is a young man, he has had things that have happened and he just wants to forget it. The best way to forget it is being out on the field. And this is what he does best. Being on the field and playing for the country… that’s what you want,” Gavaskar had told Star Sports.Also Read | India vs New Zealand: India batsmen hate getting out, says Mitchell SantnerAlso Read | MS Dhoni spotted at nets after missing out third ODI vs New ZealandAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow Hardik PandyaFollow R SridharFollow India tour of New ZealandFollow Kane Williamsonlast_img

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