Team India gained momentum in the three-match T20I series and lifted the trophy by beating Aaron Finch and Co. 2-1.
India’s left-arm pacer Khalil Ahmed, who is part of India’s ODI and T20I squad for the tour of Australia in 2018-19, said India’s captain Virat Kohli is of the opinion that the transaction should be adequately recognized.
“Credit goes to our captain Virat Kohli. He knows how to take the team out of trouble,” Khalil told Timesfondia.com in an exclusive interview.
“It was a fantastic series. Looks confident in the Team India series. We lost the ODI series but the victory in the third ODI gave the Indian team a lot of confidence. We got a lot of momentum from there. Gives confidence, ”he said.
India’s victory in the second T20 in Sydney was their 10th victory in the shortest format of the game, Trott. Khalil feels he has surpassed the Aussies, though he has not been able to make it 11 in Trott and expand his own record.
“It was a 10 out of 10 for me. India have surpassed Australia in all the T20I series. The way they (India) have come back (after losing the ODI series) is incredible. It is Team India for you,” said the Indian medium paceman.
Natarajan – Hero on Debut
Left-arm medium pacer Thangarasu Natarajan’s cricketing journey so far has been nothing short of a fairytale.
The 29-year-old, tagged as a ‘Yorker specialist’, finished the T20 series as the highest wicket taker, taking 6 wickets in 3 matches.
Pandya said, “Natarajan bowled really well. He bowled with a lot of control. He was one of the big players in India’s win. He was a very good contributor. That is why he deserves the Man of the Series award.” “I’m really happy for them,” said Khalil, who has played 11 ODIs and 14 T20Is for India.
Hardik Pandya – Game change
Hardik Pandya played a crucial role in India’s T20 series-winning streak. He was also the highest run scorer for India in ODIs. He has scored 210 runs at an average of 105.00 in 3 matches (3 innings).
In the second T20, India needed 25 runs in their last two overs and threw in Pandya style, hitting two sixes in the final over and winning by six wickets with two balls to seal the series for Men in Blue.
In fact, after the series win, Kohli also said: “You need that finisher and he (Pandya) is coming to us. He’s hungry. He’s getting better.”
For a long time, the tag of the team’s finest finisher was with MS Dhoni. Now, in the post-Dhoni era, Pandya, who is currently playing as a pure batsman, has made the tag his own since he is not fully suited for bowling.
“For my part, Hardik Pandya is the star of the series. He’s batting so well in the series. He’s a game changer. It’s hard to start hitting sixes with the word go. Pandya is easy for them. Said.
“For years, Mahi Bhai (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) has been doing these things. He is an adorable god for all of us. He has been playing the finisher for a long time. That job is not that easy.