Twitter lauds Hardik Pandya for his all-round performance against South Africa

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Hardik Pandya

Hardik Pandya’s blond streak looks like a burning flame above the forehead. Chances are it could well be the tip of the raging fire that burns in his belly. On a pitch where India’s more-accomplished batsmen struggled, Pandya showed that cricket is kind to those with a stout heart.

He showed that an uncanny knack of connecting bat to ball, unflagging self-belief, fearlessness and a high pain-threshold can see a cricketer rise through the ranks — from T20Is to now Tests — with his reputation intact.

He showed that Test cricket wasn’t only for the specialists, for bits-and-pieces gutsy cricketers with dyed hair too could hold their own on a field full of men in white.

Hardik Pandya

Pandya’s 95-ball 93 at number 7 had many dimensions and it changed a number of equations. It added heft to the Indian total and reduced the deficit. India, after the long struggle to reach 100, finished at 209. And South Africa’s lead that once threatened to be in three-digits was a mere 77.

By stumps, South Africa increased their lead to 142. They finished the day at 65/2, with Pandya’s adrenalin rush continuing till the last session. He ran in fast, hit the deck, kept the ball on the off-stump, clocked in the high 130s, got the openers and finished with figures of 2/17.

Twitter had a splendid time throughout the day 2. In yet another day where the momentum kept swinging between both sides, South Africa managed to have the last laugh. But, Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were lauded for their wonderful partnership.

Here are some of the Twitter reactions:

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