Incredible spectacle: Justin Langer hails Hardik Pandya for having finishing capability like MS Dhoni


India registered a convincing win in the second T20I against Australia due to some big hits by the all-rounder Hardik Pandya in the final over and Australia Head Coach Justin Langer on Sunday said India all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s match-winning knock an “incredible spectacle”. He also compared him to former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a finisher.

Pandya smashed a swashbuckling 42 not out off 22 balls at the end what Shikhar Dhawan had started with a scintillating 36-ball 52 to set up India’s six-wicket win.

“It was an incredible spectacle of a game. We know how dangerous he (Pandya) is. In the past we had MS Dhoni and the way he (Pandya) played today,” Langer said at the virtual post-match press conference.

“He has played really well all summer so, obviously it was a great innings in the end there. Langer admitted that India were too good for his side with a lot of experienced T20 players in their ranks. I thought the whole game was a very close one. Our fielding was absolutely incredible, it was electric to watch, but India with their experienced T20 players were too good for us today,” added the Australia coach.

However, it was not Pandya but Virat Kohli also played a crucial knock of 40 runs off 24 balls and Langer applauded the Indian skipper for some “extraordinary” shots which he played on Sunday.

“Some of Virat (Kohli’s) shots, I have said for years he (Kohli) is the best player I have probably ever seen. Some of the shots he played tonight were extraordinary and (they got) good opening partnership and got over the line,” the former Australia opening batsman said.

However, Langer believes his team thought they had scored enough runs to defend but India had batted really well and win the match convincingly. He also praised leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson, who returned with figures of 1-25.

“I thought Mitch (Mitchell) Swepson bowled really well, he was excellent tonight and served the value of playing two leg-spinner bowlers. Mitch bowled well, (also) took a couple of catches, he has had a really good performance,” he again shared.

The third T20 International will be played on Tuesday, December 6.

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