Kieron Pollard heaps praise on Hardik Pandya’s power-hitting

Kieron Pollard

The West Indies cricketer, Kieron Pollard lauds India’s Hardik Pandya for his amazing power hitting skills. Hardik Pandya has been in terrific touch with both the bat and ball this IPL. He is the second highest run-scorer for his team with 355 runs from 12 innings that he played at an average of 50.71 and a strike-rate of 198.32.

During the last game against Kolkata Knight Riders, Pandya played one of his greatest knocks as he scored 91 runs from just 34 balls with the help of 6 fours and 9 sixes. However, his knock went in vain while chasing a huge total of 232.

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“He is a small guy but hits (the ball) a long way. And again, once he continues to practice well and continues to evolve as a cricketer, you can see him doing great things not only for Mumbai Indians but by extension Indian cricket,” said Pollard.

“He’s not really practising differently. It is about believing in his ability. Obviously, the situations he has been in, he had no choice but to go and hit and he has shown his power-game as well, so it’s good for him. Even when he came onto the scene, if you remember, a couple of games for Mumbai (Indians), he finished off with his big hits”.

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“I am sure even if there is something technical that he has worked on, he wouldn’t want to put that out in the media. That is something that if he is working on his game, he does it in private. He wants you guys to see the results of his hard work,” he added.

Mumbai Indians will play their next game against Warner-less Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Wankhede stadium. When asked about the absence of Warner, Pollard said that it would be an advantage for his side in their next encounter.

“It’s an advantage, obviously. David (Warner) is a world-class player. He has shown what he can do and he has shown that he was an integral part of Sunrisers Hyderabad (campaign). So, as an opponent, we feel good about it that he is not there, one less guy who was has been in form. But having said that I am sure they have in their armoury a lot of world-class talent to back it up,” he concluded.

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