Pandya picks Natarajan as Man of the Series
Indian right-handed batsman and all-rounder Hardik Pandya named T Natarajan as the Man of the series of the recently concluded T20I series against Australia.
The limited-overs leg between India and Australia came to an end with Australia winning the ODI series and India winning the T20I series, 2-1 each. India managed to conquer the three-match T20I series against Australia with themselves, with back to back victories in Canberra and Sydney, after losing the ODI series.
After losing the first two games of the T20I series, the hosts managed to put a comeback to end this year’s limited-overs schedule for both Australia and India. In the presentation ceremony, Hardik Pandya was awarded as the Man of the Series for the three-match T20I series. The all-rounder has made a great comeback after missing out for a while due to injuries and surgeries he underwent consequently.
But the all-rounder named the new sensation in Indian Cricket, Thangarasu Natarajan as his Man of the Series for the T20I series. The left-arm pacer made his ODI and T20I debuts in the same tour and turned out as the key bowler in India’s victories. Pandya took his social media accounts and shared his appreciation for the young fast bowler.
Even after receiving the award, the all-rounder handed over his Man of the Series trophy to the left-arm fast bowler. Natarajan picked up six wickets in the three games with an astonishing average of 13.83 and an economy of 6.92.
“Natarajan, you were outstanding in this series. To perform brilliantly in difficult conditions on your India debut speaks volumes of your talent and hard work. You deserve Man of the Series from my side Bhai! Congratulations to #TeamIndia on the win,” Hardik Pandya tweeted. Soon after the fast bowler also thanked the senior’s acknowledgment.
Thank you brother https://t.co/rljZUvMKGY
— Natarajan (@Natarajan_91) December 8, 2020
Here is how Twitter reacted to Hardik Pandya’s gesture:
Virat Kohli handed the winning trophy and Hardik Pandya handed his Man Of The Series award to T Natarajan. pic.twitter.com/6lf3x9zjNQ
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) December 8, 2020
What a gesture from Kung-Fu Pandya 💙
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) December 8, 2020
Gestures like giving his Man of the Series award to an equally deserving Natarajan show just how much Hardik Pandya has matured over the last couple of years.
Makes me feel really happy as an Indian cricket fan. pic.twitter.com/1MpZR8N3ci
— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) December 8, 2020
A great gesture from @hardikpandya7 👏
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) December 8, 2020
Hardik Pandya hand over the Man of the series to NATRAJAN pic.twitter.com/9RJpcxBgu0
— 𝕮𝓗𝔸𝚁🅐N⃠ 🅃🅴🇯 A̶ (@IAM__CHerrY) December 8, 2020
Hardik pandya handover man of the series trophy to natrajan.
— Deepankar (@SachinsWarrior_) December 8, 2020
Congratulations #TeamIndia on winning the T20I series 2-1 down under! 🏆🇮🇳
— IMG Reliance (@IMGReliance) December 8, 2020
Looks like everyone including Pandya himself is convinced that #Natarajan should have got the man of the series. So who selected Hardik?
Everyone needs an explanation about the criteria. @sanjaymanjrekar sir was it the job of the commentators? https://t.co/0b3ku1JBQA
— Pranaav (@Pranaav_512) December 8, 2020
Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya handed their Winning & ‘Man of the Series’ trophies to #YorkerKing Natarajan.
Team India❤️ pic.twitter.com/gLsIgaqo6f
— Lokesh (@LokeshJey) December 8, 2020
Hardik_Pandya Handed✋ Over His Man Of The Series Trophy🏆 To the Newcomer #Thangarasu_Natarajan.
This Has To Be The Best Moment👌🏻 Of The #AUSvsIND Series❤ Great Gesture From @hardikpandya7 #indvsausT20 #Cricket pic.twitter.com/IclTibm9eZ
— ⚔🇮🇳ATuL PaNT🇮🇳 ⚔ (@_AtulPant) December 8, 2020