For a team that was leading 2-0, Team India was given a reality check as Australia didn't just fight back, but eventually went on to record a historic One-Day International (ODI) series win following a decisive 35-run triumph in the final game in Delhi. Chasing a target of 273 runs, the star-studded Indian team was bowled out for 237 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
The middle-order woes of the Indian team, once again, came back to haunt the hosts as the likes of Virat Kohli (20), Rishabh Pant (16) and Vijay Shankar (16) and even Ravindra Jadeja (0) failed to aid their side. The ODI series loss undoubtedly left the home fans fuming, especially at a time when Team India is being touted as a top contender for the ICC World Cup in England & Wales.
However, at a time when a shocking ODI series loss has dampened the mood in the Indian camp, Hardik Pandya seems to have given the home fans something to cheer for.
Guess my inspiration behind this shot? ð ð pic.twitter.com/9mwQ6uNg3g— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) March 14, 2019
Taking to Twitter, Pandya shared a video of himself where he is seen batting in nets. And, as he gears up to face a delivery, the Mumbai Indians all-rounder was seen emulating MS Dhoni as he pulled off a brilliant 'Helicopter shot' in the training session. Seeking the fans' opinion, Pandya captioned the video: "Guess my inspiration behind this shot?"
While Pandya wasn't part of the recently-concluded ODI series against Australia, the 25-year-old will be eager to make his mark in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) where he'll play a pivotal role in Mumbai Indians' title challenge this year.
We need you and mahi Bhai for CWC 2019 pic.twitter.com/JEclPIZ2SK— prachi ð®ð³ SHARMA (@PrachiS35588399) March 14, 2019
Pandya tujhe karke aana hai iss baar— Mahesh Kendre (@kendremahesh1) March 14, 2019
Helicopter shot ,,,,,
Tere jesa koi hard-ichh nai hai— Dhyey Pandya (@DhyeyPandya1) March 14, 2019
When karke aya and mahi maar raha hai reunite ð#LOL