To the delight of Indian fans, India romped home to a 6 wicket victory today at the picturesque Dharmasala. India hardly broke a sweat and were in firm control from the very start. Hardik Pandya, making his ODI debut and Virat Kohli shone in today’s match. The Sportsrush takes a look at the 5 things we learnt from India vs New Zealand.
1) Hardik Pandya’s utility as an allrounder
This was perhaps the biggest takeaway from today’s encounter. Indian fans were left dumbfounded when the debutant Hardik Pandya came in to bowl the second over. However, the move paid off courtesy Pandya’s incisive lines and some assistance from the lively Dharmasala wicket.
Pandya was carved around for a few boundaries initially. However, he kept his calm and bagged the prize scalp of Martin Guptill soon after. He was caught behind of a brilliant delivery around the corridor of uncertainity. He later picked up the scalps of danger men Corey Anderson and Luke Ronchi to cap off a remarkable debut.