Maintaining form with the bat for Hardik Pandya, who bats in the difficult middle overs and at the end of innings, can’t be easy. But he dons his duty so well.
After the retirement of MS Dhoni, Hardik seems to be the accomplished finisher in the playing XI of Indian team.
Several times, Pandya has gone 6-6-6 against the bowlers to become the Devil of their dreams.
Meanwhile, here are five times Hardik Pandya has struck a hat-trick of sixes in his career:
Vs Pakistan – ICC Champions Trophy 2017 (Group Stage)
Pandya joined Virat Kohli on the field after Yuvraj Singh was dismissed for an LBW appeal by Hasan Ali, and Pak captain Sarfraz Ahmed knew he was in for a big one when he chose left-arm spinner Imad Wasim to bowl against Pandya.
Vs Pakistan – ICC Champions Trophy 2017 (Final)
Pandya arrived on the pitch in a crisis this time, with six wickets falling before India’s total of 80.
He humbled Pak leg-spinner Shadab Khan with three straight sixes in the 19th over in a futile effort to carry home the Champions trophy.
He also set a world record for the fastest half-century in an ODI final.
Vs Sri Lanka – Test Series 2017 (3rd Test)
Pandya agreed to play the longest format of the game in a hurry in the third of the three-Test series against Sri Lanka, and welcomed debutant Sri Lankan bowler Malinda Pushpakumara with a grand gesture.
After starting the over with back-to-back fours, the batsman decided to step it up a notch with three consecutive sixes before finishing with a dot, giving him the most number of runs in an over Scored by an Indian.
Vs Australia – ODI Series 2017 (1st ODI)
During the first ODI at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, Pandya received the nickname ‘Excitement Machine’ after hitting Australian spinner Adam Zampa for three sixes in a row.
India won the match by 26 runs thanks to Pandya’s 83-run innings.
Vs New Zealand – ODI Series 2019 (5th ODI)
Finally, against Kane Williamson and the rest of the Kiwis, Pandya returned to his batting ways with a bang, ripping apart Todd Astle’s bowling for 6-6-6 in the 47th over to help Kohli’s Indian cricket team win the series 4-1.