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Hardik Pandya Shows Off Chiseled Body as he Enjoys the Sun

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: July 31, 2017, 10:24 AM IST
Hardik Pandya Shows Off Chiseled Body as he Enjoys the Sun

(Photo Credit: Hardik Pandya/ Instagram)

India all-rounder Hardik Pandya is known as much for his skills on the field as he is for his swag off it and with the Indian players enjoying an extra day off, thanks to the first Test ending in four days at Galle, Pandya took to the pool to show off his tan. While he didn’t manage to set the stage on fire with the ball in his debut Test, his fifty in the first innings did hand India a good platform and he made sure to enjoy the off day to the hilt.

Taking to Instagram, Pandya posted a photo which read: “Sun soaked! ☀️#supertan #lankandiaries.”

Sun soaked! ☀️#supertan #lankandiaries

A post shared by Hardik Pandya (@hardikpandya93) on

India captain Virat Kohli feels that Pandya has all the skill sets required to emulate world's premier all-rounder Ben Stokes.

"I have a lot of faith in him (Hardik) as far as any format is concerned. If he grows in confidence you see someone like Ben Stokes, what he does for England, brings in great balance as an all-rounder. I see no reason why Hardik Pandya can't become that for India," Kohli said at the post- match press conference.

Kohli singled out Pandya for special mention, praising his second innings bowling apart from his debut half-century.

"In the first innings, he didn't get opportunity to bowl much but I think in the second innings, he bowled really nicely on a wicket that wasn't offering much and he kept it in the right areas," said Kohli.

The skipper was impressed as to how Pandya used the short ball and also the speed at which he bowled.

"He used the bouncer well. He bowls around 135, so he is a great asset and I have mentioned this before as well," he said.

His whirlwind 50 in the first innings was the difference between a total of 550 and 600.

"We would have been 540-550 in the first innings. He got those 50 runs quickly and that saves you time as well. That gives you another 15 overs to bowl at the opposition. And his fielding is also tremendous."
First Published: July 31, 2017, 10:24 AM IST

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