On Friday, flambouyant Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya was at his menacing best with the bat as played a stupendous unbeaten knock off 32 runs to power India to 213/4 in their stipulated quota of 20 overs in the second T20I against Ireland at the Malahide Village in Dublin. He smashed four mighty sixes and a boundary in his nine-ball cameo. Also Read - MS Dhoni Speaks About Retirement Plans to Sanjay Manjrekar: 'As Long as I'm Beating The Fastest Sprinter in Team, I Consider Myself Fit For International Cricket'
Pandya also impressed with the ball as he gave away just 10 runs in his two overs and also scalped a wicket. India went on to bowl out the minnows for just 70 runs and registered an emphatic 143-run win to seal the series 2-0. It was the biggest win in terms of runs for the Men in Blue in T20Is. Also Read - Kapil Dev, MS Dhoni on Same Page as Leaders: Former India Cricketer Maninder Singh Picks Sourav Ganguly as Best India Skipper
However, after the emphatic victory, Pandya, in a post on Instagram, credited former captain MS Dhoni’s daughter Ziva Dhoni for his regain in form. He shared a video of Ziva, with the caption, “Oh I think that I found myself a cheerleader 🎵 🎶🎵🎶🎵🎶 @zivasinghdhoni006 😍❤️👼Video courtesy: @sakshisingh_r. In the video shared to Pandya by Dhoni’s wife Sakshi Singh Dhoni, the 3-year old was seen cheering for the right hand-batsman. “Come on! Come on, Hardik,” Ziva said in the video. Also Read - Deepak Chahar Celebrates 28th Birthday Ahead of IPL in UAE, Sister Malti Has a Message For Him | WATCH
The Virat Kohli-led side will now travel to England where they would be playing three T20Is, three ODIs and five Test matches beginning July 3.