Hardik Pandya’s Ghumar shot: The Indian all-rounder seemed to have invented a new shot during his quickfire innings at Wellington.
During the fifth ODI of the ongoing India’s tour of New Zealand at Wellington, India all-rounder Hardik Pandya seemed to have added a brand new shot in his repertoire – ‘Ghumar shot’.
Pandya, who was sent in to bat at a lower batting position (No. 8) due to the inclusion of another all-rounder in Vijay Shankar, was at his utmost best with the bat. Coming in to bat in the 44th over, Pandya provided India with the much-needed boost towards the business end of the innings.
In which was the second batting collapse in a row for the visitors, Pandya’s whirlwind innings towards the end guided his team to a respectable 252-10 in 49.5 overs. Batting for only the second time in ODIs since India’s tour of England last year, Pandya ended up scoring 45 (22) with the help of two fours and five sixes.
Apart from his magnificent hat-trick of sixes against New Zealand leg-spinner Todd Astle, a highlight of Pandya’s innings was the invention of the ghumar shot. On the penultimate delivery of the 48th over, Pandya thwacked a short Trent Boult for a six on the leg side.
In which wasn’t a quintessential pull shot, Pandya kept on rotating his body on one foot to find balance even as the ball had crossed the boundary line. Watch the full video below:
— Parag Bhargava (@pegsnpops) February 3, 2019
Pandya’s innings has given high hopes of him finding form at the right time for India. Given his importance in India’s ODI line-up, the same will ease some nerves in the dressing room with respect to the all-rounder. While he wasn’t out of form in the recent times, him not playing international cricket since Asia Cup last year was a concern.
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on Pandya’s innings below:
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 3, 2019
18 for 4 to finish 252 it’s a very good recovery well done @RayuduAmbati @vijayshankar260 @JadhavKedar superb partnership and top hitting by @hardikpandya7 in the end.. need @MdShami11 @BhuviOfficial to take a couple of wickets with new ball now to win this one @BCCI @aajtak
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) February 3, 2019
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) February 3, 2019
— Manya Kaka (@KakaManya) February 3, 2019
Hardik Pandya after today’s match… pic.twitter.com/PDt4UUNBh6
— SON OF DIAMETER (@ronitvyas170) February 3, 2019
Another hat-trick of sixes by Hardik Pandya today. Fourth time he has hit 3 sixes off 3 balls in ODIs. The only other batsman to do it 4 times in the last two decades is AB de Villiers .
v Imad Wasim, CT17
v Shadab Khan, CT17
v Adam Zampa, 2017
v Todd Astle, Today #NZvIND
— rohit singh dafouti (@foodafouti) February 3, 2019