New Delhi: India's new sensation Hardik Pandy who has impressed one and all with his all-round capabilities and liveliness on the field, could be a determined force for India when they take on arch-rivals Pakistan in match 4 of the Asia Cup on Saturday.
India will play against Shahid Afridi led Pakistan at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka. So far the tournament has already shown us that there is assistance for pacers and scores too have suggested that. Teams batting first have won all three ties sod far and Saturday will see both teams looking to make most use of the conditions and dictate terms.
Pandya has been a positive factor for India and showed his prowess with the bat against Bangladesh in the opener. Pandya slammed a quickfire 31 runs, before bowling four overs and getting a wicket too. With the wickets helping pacers, Pandya is a bonus for his skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
India who will go in with Ashish Nehra and Jasprit Bumrah as the main line seamers, would be depending on Pandya to roll in the middle overs well.
In the batting side his hard-hitting skills has been a game changer so far. With an ability to have a word from the go, Pandya has earned praise from his skipper. Pandya will look to be fearless in this high pressure intense match and it will also be his first game against Pakistan.
His nerves would definitely be tested against a good bowling unit of Pakistan and it will be interesting to see if he can show his consistency in this format.
Pandya's inclusion has given Dhoni an all-rounder he was looking for since a long time. The youngster holds the key for his skipper in demanding situations and Pakistan need to be wary of him in this top brass clash.