Anil Kumble stunned Hardik Pandya before he stunned everyone with batting
New Delhi : Hardik Pandya played a marvellous knock against Pakistan to stun everyone with his batting performance in Champions Trophy 2017.
Pandya later revealed that it was coach Anil Kumble’s idea to take the last minute call and send him for the batting.
"I got to know in the 46th over, when coach told me, 'You will be going next, go pad up.' Obviously, I padded up quickly and once I got my gloves, I went out straightaway because Yuvi paa got out," Pandey told ICC in an interview.
He also revealed that there was immense pressure on him when he walked out to bat.
"Honestly I won't lie, pressure was there. But still at the back of my mind, I was thinking of it as a normal game because I didn't want to take unnecessary pressure. In any game, I wouldn't want to take unnecessary pressure on myself because that makes you do something that you are not supposed to do."
Captain Virat Kohli was also impressed by Hardik Pandya and made a special mention about him while praising the team’s batting performance.
"Hardik played an outstanding knock in the end. The batting I would say was 10 out of 10," said the Indian skipper.