At a stage where ODI cricket is fighting hard for survival Hardik Pandya’s aggressive captaincy can bring back interest in ODI cricket at least within the Indian cricket fraternity feels former Indian cricketer Ajay Jadeja. Pandya led India in the first ODI against Australia in Mumbai. India won the game by five wickets taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
He showed signs in the first ODI that led many to believe that he might be a potential candidate to lead India in T20I and ODI cricket in the future. Since becoming the captain of Gujarat Titans in the IPL, Pandya improved a lot as an international cricketer. Subsequently, he was handed over T20I captaincy as well where he has proved himself. In his first ODI as captain, he was pinpointed with his bowling and fielding changes felt Jadeja.
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Hardik Pandya Is Always Aggressive As Captain: Ajay Jadeja
Ajay Jadeja in interaction with Cricbuzz spoke about Pandya’s aggressive style of captaincy and how it rubs off on his fellow teammates. He felt that Hardik carries a different vibe in his captaincy.
“Whenever you watch Hardik Pandya play, he plays in a different way. Not just playing, watch him walking in the afternoon, he has a different vibe. He is always aggressive, so when you look at the playing XI, who were the bowlers, Shami, Siraj, be it a good or bad day for him, that’s different. Then he has kept Kuldeep, then he himself bowls aggressively. Jadeja is a defensive bowler but is not really defensive. His mindset is aggressive so the captaincy doesn’t have a drag in games. Everyone has their own way, some are successful, some are not,” said Jadeja.
Hardik Pandya’s Captaincy Won’t Bore You: Ajay Jadeja
“If you look at Kane Williamson, if he would have been far that day in the run out, then people would have said, why did they take it so close. That’s his style of playing. Similarly, MS Dhoni had a style, so this is Hardik Pandya’s style. This is attacking style, it won’t bore you. It will bring back your interest in ODI cricket”, he added.
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With Rohit Sharma returning back for India in the second ODI, Pandya will no longer lead the team but he has certainly given a glimpse of his attacking captaincy in the first ODI.
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