“This is not just a fight, this is going to be history,” Hardik Pandya said ahead of Ind vs Pak at T20 WC

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Hardik Pandya

As the cricketing world gears up for the high-voltage clash between India and Pakistan on June 9, 2024, at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York, all eyes are on India’s star all-rounder, Hardik Pandya.

Hardik Pandya, known for his explosive batting and effective bowling, is no stranger to the pressure of Indo-Pak matches. He has expressed his excitement for the upcoming match, stating that standing in big games is very exciting for him, and he finds it extra special against Pakistan. He has had a successful track record against Pakistan, with 84 runs from 5 T20I innings and 11 wickets at an economy rate of 9.55.

Hardik Pandya is ready for Pakistan Challenege

The upcoming match against Pakistan is not just another game; it’s a clash that carries historical significance and intense rivalry. Pandya has asked fans to hold their breath as he believes this is not just a fight, but history in the making. His confidence and eagerness to perform well in the match are evident.

“For me, standing in big games is very exciting for me, I find it extra special and Pakistan has been one team where I have been very fortunate. I have been able to do well in a lot of games. It all comes down to the vibe. Hold your breath, this is a request. This is not just a fight, this is going to be history,” Hardik said.

Despite a disappointing performance in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 while playing for the Mumbai Indians, Pandya has shown signs of returning to form. In India’s warm-up game, he unleashed his batting prowess by scoring 40* runs from 23 balls.

In India’s first Group A match against Ireland, Pandya shone with the ball, picking up 3 wickets and giving away 27 runs in his 4-over quota. His performance against Ireland, where he clinched 3 wickets, was instrumental in India’s victory.

The match against Pakistan is crucial for India’s momentum in the T20 World Cup. India holds an upper hand over Pakistan in T20 World Cups, having won 6 of the 7 encounters. A win in this match would not only boost India’s morale but also strengthen their position in the tournament.

Pandya’s role in the team is pivotal. His ability to change the course of the game with both bat and ball makes him a key player. His aggressive batting style can accelerate the scoring rate, and his bowling can break crucial partnerships.

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