[caption id="attachment_647695" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-647695" alt="Hardik Pandya AFP" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/000_T02AO.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Hardik Pandya AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/india" target="_blank">India s</a> splendid run in ODIs continued following a thumping 7-wicket victory over <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/Australia" target="_blank">Australia </a>to end the five-match series at 4-1. In addition, they but also reclaimed the No. 1 spot in ICC ODI rankings. The spinners did their part and batsmen ruled the roost. Although Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma stole the limelight, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/hardik-pandya" target="_blank">Hardik Pandya</a> proved why he is here to stay for a long time. Initially coming at No. 7, he was promoted to No. 4 in the last few games. Nonetheless, the youngster ensured regular flow of runs from his willow. Pandya scored 2 fifties and bagged key wickets to be adjudged Man-of-the-Series. <p></p> <p></p>Pandya s tally of 222 runs at 55.50 and a strike rate of 108.82, earned him praises from both skipper, Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri. After the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/australia-in-india-5-odi-series-2017-200780/live-scores/india-vs-australia-live-cricket-score-5th-odi-match-184285-full-scorecard.html" target="_blank">fifth and final ODI at Nagpur</a>, an elated Pandya stated in the post-match conference, When I went to bat at No. 4, got a few runs, and the team won the series. There is always a scope of improvement. I'm just focusing on that, working hard on my fitness. Pretty important to keep myself fit. It's always a pleasure to play against Australia. I was looking forward to this series. Really happy that I got this award, and we won the series. <p></p> <p></p>Kohli later termed Pandya as the biggest positive of the series.