India needed 25 runs in their last two overs, and Pandya bowled in style, scoring two sixes in the final over and winning by six wickets.
“He has a natural raw talent, and now he has played a little T20 cricket in the IPL (Indian Premier League) and played for India,” Kohli said after India’s second consecutive win in a three-match series.
“Over the next four-five years, he now realizes that it is time to win games anywhere, to become a banking middle-order player.
“You need that finisher and he’s coming for us. He’s hungry. He’s getting better.”
Pandya won the Man of the Match award for his unbeaten 42 off 22 balls, with no signs of nervousness even when the asking run rate was high.
“As a cricketer I always believe that you have to improve with time and I have taken some time off but I think things are getting better now,” the 27-year-old said.
“My biggest goal right now … (ie) I want to finish more important games.”
Pandya said he was happy to bat anywhere on the team.
“When it comes time for me to bat at number four, I don’t mind,” he said. “When it’s time for me to finish the game, I have to do what the team needs.”
There will also be a final Twenty20 match on Tuesday Sydney The cricket ground.