India and Hong Kong match was played in the Asia Cup on Wednesday. During this, the Indian team easily defeated Hong Kong and made it to the next round. At the same time, in this match, Indian team’s veteran all-rounder Hardik Pandya was not included in the playing XI. During the toss, captain Rohit Sharma said that Hardik Pandya has not been included in the playing XI for this match.
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Why Hardik Pandya was not included in the playing XI
In this match played in Dubai, Hong Kong captain Nizakat Khan won the toss and decided to bowl first. During the toss, captain Rohit Sharma revealed the Indian playing XI and informed of a change. He said that Hardik Pandya has been rested for this match and Rishabh Pant has been included in his place.
The big reason for giving rest to Hardik has come to the fore. Team management does not want their workload to be high. Rohit Sharma said during the toss,
Hardik Pandya is a very important player for us and that is why he has been rested for this match. Hardik Pandya won the match against Pakistan
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Hardik Pandya played a thrilling inning against Pakistan
In the match against Pakistan, Hardik Pandya gave a thrilling victory to the Indian team with his tremendous all-round performance. Hardik first took 3 wickets in the bowling and after that in the batting also won the team by scoring an unbeaten 33 runs in 17 balls with the help of 4 fours and 1 six. He was also adjudged the player of the match for his excellent all-round performance. When the Indian team needed 7 runs in the last over to win and Jadeja was out, then Hardik gave the team victory by hitting a six off the third ball.