IND vs WI / Questions started to arise on Hardik's Captaincy - Match winning six created ruckus

Vikrant Shekhawat : Aug 09, 2023, 07:57 AM
IND vs WI: After the defeat in two consecutive T20 matches, Indian captain Hardik Pandya was on everyone's target. At present, Team India full of young IPL stars against the weak West Indies had to yearn for a series win. When the five-match series was in danger of getting out of hand, Team India somehow saved itself. In the third T20, India defeated West Indies by 7 wickets in a strong way. This victory kept India's hopes alive in the series. Captain Hardik Pandya also contributed in this with economical bowling and a useful innings. Despite this, Hardik did something that disappointed the Indian fans and he was called 'selfish'.

Let's talk about the first match. Both the teams clashed at the Providence Stadium in Guyana. West Indies batted first and scored 159 runs. Kuldeep Yadav took maximum 3 wickets from India. At the same time, Hardik controlled the runs by spending only 18 runs in 3 overs. In response, on the basis of innings of Suryakumar Yadav (83) and Tilak Verma (49 not out), Team India won by 7 wickets in 17.5 overs. Captain Pandya himself scored 20 runs and returned unbeaten.

Hardik's sixer did not suit

The match-winning run came off Hardik's bat. He gave the team victory by hitting a six off Rovman Powell. Now winning with a six is special in itself because MS Dhoni, the former captain of Team India used to do this often. Due to this six of Hardik, the fans remembered Dhoni but the reason was different. In fact, the fans did not like Hardik's hitting a six to end the match.

In fact, Team India had lost two wickets for just 34 runs. After this, Tilak Verma sealed the victory by sharing an 87-run partnership with Suryakumar Yadav. After Surya's dismissal, Hardik came for batting. Both took the team to victory. After 17 overs, India's score was 154 runs and it needed only 6 runs in 18 balls. Tilak was nearing his half-century. Tilak took 1 run on the fourth ball of the over and reached 49. Hardik came on strike. Everyone was expecting that Hardik would let two balls go empty and then Tilak would win by completing his half-century, but Hardik hit a six and Tilak could not score a second consecutive fifty.

Hardik trolled, remembered Dhoni

The 20-year-old Tilak has made his international debut from this series itself and has been the most effective batsman of the team in all the three matches. In such a situation, the fans did not like his Fifty being like this and #Selfish trend started against Hardik on social media. Along with this, the fans also remembered Dhoni.

In the semi-finals of the 2014 T20 World Cup, Virat Kohli won the team by playing an excellent inning against South Africa. In that match, when India needed only one run, then Dhoni only defended the last ball of the 19th over, so that only Kohli, who brought the team here, could score the last run. Kohli finished the match in the next over.