ENG VS IND: Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra has said that all-rounder Hardik Pandya played with the England batters’ ego to dismiss them in the third ODI at Old Trafford. Hardik registered figures of 4/24 in his seven overs spell as Team India bowled England out for 259 runs in the series decider on Sunday, July 17. He then scored a stormy 71-run knock to help his side register a five-wicket win and seal the series 2-1 as well. Learn how to bet on cricket at top rated, real money, trusted betting sites in India offering competitive odds on teams online.

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra named Hardik Pandya as his Player of the Match, claiming: “The Player of the Match was Rishabh Pant because he stayed till the end but my player of the match, as much as I love Rishabh Pant, it is impossible to ignore Hardik Pandya. Four wickets and 71 runs, and the four wickets were important ones. He is playing with others’ ego.”

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Chopra also applauded the seam bowler for forcing the likes of Liam Livingstone and Jos Buttler to play one shot many times against short-pitched bowling. Notably, both Livingstone and Buttler were brilliantly caught by Ravindra Jadeja in the deep while they were trying to play big shots off Pandya. Jason Roy and Ben Stokes were the other two victims, both got out to the extra bounce generated by Pandya.

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ENG VS IND: Hardik Pandya is the most valuable player now

He added: “You can hit me, I have placed a fielder in the deep, Ravindra Jadeja is there’. He asks Liam Livingstone to hit one more and dismisses him every time. Jos Buttler – both were amazing catches from Ravindra Jadeja. After that India were struggling, they had lost four wickets for 72 runs. You were stuck and the job Hardik Pandya did there, he was exceptional.”

Meanwhile, Chopra has also added that according to him, Hardik Pandya is the most valuable player now if he is fit. He also said that Pandya provides the much-needed balance to the Indian team. And, Chopra shared that there is no one close to him as well and he referred to him as “an absolute rockstar.”

Notably, Hardik Pandya’s 71 runs came off just 55 balls with 10 fours. He added a 133-run partnership with Rishabh Pant for the fifth wicket to help India from 72/4. Pant smashed an unbeaten 125 to take the team home after Pandya’s dismissal. If you want to see more free betting tips and match guides from our experts then head to the main betting tips page to help you find your best bet of the day.

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