MIRPUR: Impressed with Hardik Pandya’s ability to hit big shots from the first ball, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni says the youngster has proved to be a “game changer” for India with his all-round talent.
Pandya hit a quick-fire 18-ball-31 and then bowled four tight overs with figures of 1/23 in India’s 45-run win over hosts Bangladesh in the Asia Cup T20 opener.
“Good to see him bowl four overs. It will give us a lot of strength — three fast bowlers and two proper spinners. You don’t need to change your team as every base is covered. People may feel that having seven proper batsman is a luxury but what’s the harm, if we have someone like him (Hardik).”If he gets going, he gets you those 15 runs extra. If 160 is par-score, he can give you 165-175. It is good for bowlers. We wanted somebody like him. He is a game-changer,” Dhoni said at the post match press conference.