Hardik Pandya was India's finsher at Indore    IANS
Hardik Pandya was India’s finsher at Indore IANS

Dean Jeans compares Pandya with Holding:

Shortly after Hardik Pandya removed David Warner, Australia’s former player Dean Jones tweeted about the Indian all-rounder. He found resemblance in Pandya’s action with West Indies’ former great, Michael Holding. The West Indies great was called ‘Rolls-Royce’ for his smooth action. Now that is something we didn’t expect, right? Wonder what Pandya thinks.

Finch ticks off Asia:

Australia were missing the spark at the top order due to Aaron Finch’s absence. While Warner was kept at bay, visitors failed to get going in the previous two encounters. Nonetheless, everything changed with Finch’s comeback. He was greeted on a batting track at Holkar Stadium, Indore. Finch looked composed, dealt in boundaries after settling in and notched up two vital stands with Warner and Steven Smith. In process, Finch notched up his 8th ODI hundred; maiden one in Asia.

Finch now has second most ODI hundreds by a non-Test player. Ireland’s skipper William Porterfield leads with 9 tons.

You cannot keep Modi away…

Ahead of Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti, Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi has started Swachhta Hi Seva movement. It is basically a campaign for maintaining a clean society with people’s participation. Holkar stadium promoted Modi’s campaign with a half-a-minute long advertisement on big screen.

Maxwell is Chahal’s bunny:

We always turn our attention when a batsman becomes a bowler’s regular victim in a particular series. Alastair Cook was Ravindra Jadeja’s bunny in England tour last year. In the ongoing series, Glenn Maxwell is one for Yuzvendra Chahal. The young leggie has dismissed him all 3 times in the series.

Name – MS Dhoni. Job – Break records:

Yes, this is what our former skipper is up to these days. Ever since he resigned from the top job, Dhoni is garnering appreciation for his new role; i.e. enabler in the batting order and breaking records for fun. He was one short of achieving 100 stumpings for India (102 overall: 3 for Asia XI), and got to the feat by stumping off Maxwell.

MS Dhoni attained 100 stumpings for India    IANS
MS Dhoni attained 100 stumpings for India IANS

Phew, modern-day fielders:

Australia had lost plot in the death overs. Peter Handscomb tried his luck but failed. He danced down the track and smacked one towards deep long off, but was overshadowed by Manish Pandey’s brilliance. Pandey timed his jump, came back and completed the catch with ease. Modern-day fielders have made a habit of pulling off such catches. This happened in the 48th over; handing Bumrah his second scalp.

Rohit’s unique record:

Rohit Sharma took India off to a flier. He had 3 sixes inside 9 overs. By dancing down the track and pulling Kane Richardson for a 103 meter six, Rohit completed 63 sixes versus Australia across formats; most of any surpassing Brendon McCullum (61) and Sachin Tendulkar (60). Later on he cleared the ropes again to bring up his 37th fifty. He eventually fell for 71 (62).

Rahane is class-apart:

All that talk of whether Ajinkya Rahane is suited for ODIs or not can rest in peace. If Rohit was going all guns blazing, Rahane was matching him up from the other end as well. It seemed like the Indians openers batted on a different track. How did the Mumbaikars time everything so effortlessly on a track that kept low on occasions? Rahane was supposed to playing the supporting rule, but he too could not hold himself back. He slammed 9 fours and struck a magnificent 139-run stand, off 130 balls, with Rohit.

Pandya dho raha hai:

From Mahi maar raha hai, the new jingle should be Pandya dho raha hai (yes, I mean runs only). He carried on from where he left in the opening encounter and was unmoved by Australia’s brief scare after Kohli and Kedar Jadhav’s departure.

He started the onslaught by slamming Ashton Agar and took from thereon. He blasted every Aussie bowler Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins and Nathan Coutler-Nile as there was no stopping him. Not even the situation or the miscued strokes. Rightly said: When you are in form, everything clicks your way. Hope Pandya continues in the same fashion.