[caption id="attachment_645545" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-645545" alt="Pandy scored 78 runs Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Hardik-Pandya-gi2.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Pandy scored 78 runs Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><strong>Indore:</strong> <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india" target="_blank">Indian</a> captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/virat-kohli" target="_blank">Virat Kohli</a> today said head coach <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ravi-shastri/" target="_blank">Ravi Shastri</a> was the brain behind promoting all-rounder <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/hardik-pandya" target="_blank">Hardik Pandya</a> up the order, which eventually paid rich dividends for the home side in the series-clinching five-wicket win over <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/australia" target="_blank">Australia</a> in the third ODI. Coming to bat at the no. 4 position, Pandya played a delightful 78-run knock off 72 balls to steer India home while chasing a competitive 294 for a win. Kohli also heaped special praise on Pandya and termed the "explosive" all-rounder as a "great asset" for the team. <strong>READ: <a title="Pandya eclipses Finch's hundred; India take unassailable 3-0 lead" href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/hardik-pandyas-78-eclipses-aaron-finchs-hundred-india-take-unassailable-3-0-lead-vs-australia-645465">Pandya eclipses Finch's hundred; India take unassailable 3-0 lead</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>"I'm really, really satisfied with the win. He [Pandya] is a star, has the ability with the ball, bat and the field. We need a guy like that, we've been missing an explosive all- rounder. He is a great asset for Indian cricket," Kohli said after the match. "The idea behind his promotion was Ravi [Shastri] bhai, to attack the spinner," he added. <p></p> <p></p>Pandya rose to the occasion yet again with a fluent knock as India registered a comfortable five-wicket win over Australia in the third ODI to grab the number one ranking. Chasing 294 for a win, India overhauled the target with 13 balls to spare in front of a packed Holkar stadium to take a series-clinching 3-0 lead. Openers Rohit Sharma (71) and Ajikya Rahane (70) set the platform for the win with their 131-run partnership while Pandya steered the side to victory with his crucial knock, which came off 72 balls. <p></p> <p></p>Kohli also backed his new-found two wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and and Yuzvendra Chahal. <p></p> <p></p>"Wrist spinners need to be backed, they won't always get grip from the wicket, but they possess the ability to get wickets," he said. <p></p> <p></p>The India skipper said he backed his bowling unit to make a strong comeback, especially after Australia were off to a flying start. <p></p> <p></p>"Steve (Smith) mentioned the first 35 overs was good from their end, we knew when we get 2-3 wickets with their lower middle order, we could pull things back. It was a 330-340 wicket," Kohli said. <p></p> <p></p>"Coming back from difficult situations has been a feature of this team. They were 35-40 runs short." <p></p> <p></p>Kohli also hinted that with the series in their pocket, India might try out a few reserve players in the remaining two games of the five-match series. <p></p> <p></p>"We might try few players now, but mindset remains the same. Journey stops only after the fifth game," he said. <p></p> <p></p>Losing skipper Steve Smith said the visitors were themselves to blame for losing the tempo after putting themselves in a strong position. <p></p> <p></p>"We set it up beautifully in the first 37-38 overs. We put ourselves in a good position. (But0 Indian bowlers executed well, we executed poorly," he said. <p></p> <p></p>"We needed 330 plus. Hardik [Pandya] was magnificent in end there. Finchy played magnificently, the wicket slowed up a little bit for both teams. The ball came on for the first 35 overs in both innings." <p></p> <p></p>Man-of-the-match Pandya said he saw the promotion as a good opportunity to unleash his potential. <p></p> <p></p>"It feels pretty good but I would like to finish the game next time. I don't need to be surprised. It is important to back myself and saw it as an opportunity," he said. <p></p> <p></p>"I wanted to target the left-arm spinner [Ashton Agar]. <p></p> <p></p>When I got a few sixes, I knew I could take some time."