"MS Dhoni used to play like this..."- Hardik Pandya makes huge claim on his captaincy role with Team India
Shubman Gill led the way for India with a blistering century in the first inning. He registered India's highest individual score of 126 not out off just 63 balls, including seven sixes and 12 boundaries. He became only the third Indian batter to score a century in all three formats.
Gill led India to post their highest T20I total against New Zealand as they made 234/4 in 20 overs. Then, with the ball, the Indian bowlers demolished the opposition, which was led by Indian skipper Hardik Pandya, who registered his career-best figure of 4/16 in his four overs.
Hardik also played a good cameo, scoring 30 runs off 17 balls with the bat. New Zealand got all out for their third-lowest T20I score of 66 runs and handed India their biggest win of 168 runs. Gill was named "Player of the Match," while Hardik won "Player of the Series."
After the win, Hardik spoke about his captaincy role and how he has changed his game. He said that he always loved hitting big sixes, but now he focuses on building a good partnership in the middle and allowing his partner to play his natural game, and in doing so, if his strike rate comes down, that is also fine.
He also added that he loves taking on the challenging role, which is why he wants to start with the ball as well, because he doesn't want his player to feel the pressure. However, he also gave the reference of former Indian skipper MS Dhoni and said that his role is similar to Dhoni's.
Hardik said, "I don't mind playing the role that somewhere down the line, Mahi used to play. At that time, I was young and hitting all around the park. But since he's gone, all of a sudden, that responsibility is onto me. I don't mind that. We are getting the results. It's okay if I have to play a little slow."