When Pandya Power lit up the Eden Gardens!

Pandya PowerPlay Credits: India TV

The IPL has reached its final leg and the entertainment factor keeps multiplying with every week. Every Thursday, we at BalleBaazi bring you the ‘Iconic Player Of The Week’. Last week it was Captain Cool MS Dhoni. This week it is Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya for his jaw-dropping 91 run knock vs Kolkata Knight Riders.

Hardik Pandya Goes Big!

The younger of the Pandya brother has matured tenfold through this IPL. A man who was stuck in a huge controversy end of last year has been one of the biggest heroes for the Mumbai franchise this season. Innings after innings he has finished the innings for Mumbai successfully with some fireworks. He started this season with a duck. Since then the Indian all-rounder has amassed 355 runs at an average above 50. Additionally, his batting strike rate has been more than 200 as well.

It was the last match in Kolkata where he took the cake. Chasing 233 thanks to a Russell blitz for Kolkata, he came out to bat with MI 58/4 in the 9th over. After that, the crowd was in danger. They were the one’s in need of helmets as 9 huge sixes were sent into the crowd. He scored his 50 off just 17 balls. This became the fastest fifty of the tournament. He was not done yet. He scored 91 off just 34 balls with some of the cleanest hits you would see this IPL. His 9 sixes were accompanied by 8 boundaries as well. Finally, the pressure of the run rate got to him as he aired a slower ball by Harry Gurney to get caught.

He missed out on a hundred but his shot making is etched in the minds of fans for a long time to come. His form is also great news for Team India as Pandya will be an important man in the middle order at the World Cup.

Hope to see a knock or two just like this from the big man in England as well. We will be back with another outstanding performance from this week, next week.

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