‘Ittu sa hai aur badi badi baatein!’ – Fans troll Hardik Pandya for his ‘Since Dhoni has gone, the responsibility is on me’ remark after NZ series victory

Hardik Pandya has always shown a great respect for MS Dhoni.

MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya
MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya (Image Source: Twitter)

On 1 February 2023, team India were looking to win the decider in Ahmedabad against the Kiwis in the three-match T20I series. However, they managed to pull off a huge victory of 168 runs over New Zealand. Thus, they managed to win the series by a margin of 2-1. Hence, the Men in Blue won another series in the shortest format of the game under Hardik Pandya’s captaincy.

Shubman Gill was the star of the show as he notched up his maiden T20I ton in the match. For that magnificent knock, he won the player of the match award. However, Hardik Pandya managed to win the player of the series award for his all-around performance and tactical brilliance throughout the series.

“But since he’s gone, all of a sudden, that responsibility is onto me.” – Hardik Pandya

Hardik Pandya has always looked to lead the team from the front. In recent series, he has been seen completing his full four-overs quota of bowling while having an opening spell in the powerplay overs. Some fans termed him a selfish captain for such an approach while some appreciated it. Now, after winning the series, n the post-match press conference, Pandya said: “I’ve always enjoyed hitting sixes. But that’s life, I’ve to evolve. I’ve believed in partnerships and I want to give my batting partner and my team some assurance and calmness that I’m there. I’ve played more games than any of these guys, I’ve learned how to accept and swallow pressure and make sure everything is calm.”

“Maybe I have to get my strike rate down for that. Taking on new roles is always something I look forward to. I want to take the new ball role too because I don’t want anyone to come and take that difficult role. If they’re under pressure, then we are chasing the game. I want to lead the front. I’ve been working on my new ball skills. I don’t mind playing the role that somewhere down the line, Mahi used to play. At that time, I was young and hitting all around the park. But since he’s gone, all of a sudden, that responsibility is onto me. I don’t mind that. We are getting the results. It’s okay if I have to play a little slow,” Hardik Pandya concluded. However, fans found the statement interesting and started to troll him as he tried to compare himself with the former Indian skipper.   

Here is how fans have trolled Hardik Pandya for his remark after the third T20I:

India vs New Zealand, 3rd T20I

‘Tumlog kaamal ke bande ho yaar!’- Twitter share funny memes as India register an emphatic 168-run victory over NZ in 3rd T20I

Suryakumar Yadav

‘Match ke saare catch use de do NZ walo’ – Fans abuzz as Suryakumar Yadav takes three spectacular catches in 3rd T20I vs NZ