Nidahas Trophy: KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik miss ‘entertainer’ Hardik Pandya in Sri Lanka

first_imgHardik Pandya may have been rested for the ongoing Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka but his teammates KL Rahul and Dinesh Karthik say they miss the all-rounder in the island nation.According to Rahul and Karthik, Pandya is one of the biggest entertainers in the team.”We don’t miss you at all. Next three months are going to be the most peaceful time,” Rahul joked.WATCH”It’s so peaceful because he is like a diva when you go out. He wants all the attention, ‘everybody look at me, everybody listen to me, I am wearing this watch’. He keeps us entertained, we miss him,” Rahul added.Hey @hardikpandya7 – Looks like your buddies @klrahul11 and @DineshKarthik have a special message for you ;)Full video of the DK-KL Best friend challenge coming soon on this space for more #TeamIndia (@BCCI) March 10, 2018″We are definitely not missing him, everything’s good on the trip,” a jovial Karthik said.Pandya was rested for the tri-series involving India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh after a hectic tour of South Africa where he played all the 12 matches (3 Tests, 6 ODIs and 3 T20Is).Pandya enjoyed a dream 2017. In 28 one-day internationals, he scored 557 runs (average: 34.81) including four fifties and picked up 31 wickets, giving away a little less than six-runs-an-over.But in South Africa, he had a torrid time with both bat and ball.He started off with a 93 in Cape Town in the first Test but failed to make a major impact after that on the tour and has faced some criticism for not stepping up in either of the departments. Pandya managed only 86 runs from the last two Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is after his sensational knock in the first innings of the Cape Town Test. The 24-year-old grabbed 10 wickets with the ball across all the formats.advertisementIn Pandya’s absence, Vijay Shankar was handed his maiden international cap in the first T20I against Sri Lanka last week.Shankar had earned his maiden Test call-up when Pandya was rested for the Sri Lanka Test series at home but he didn’t get a game. However, this time around things were different. He made his debut in the first T20I against Sri Lanka and was economical despite Kusal Perera’s trailblazing half-century that guided the home side to a five-wicket victory. He finished with 0/15 from his two overs on Sunday.In the second match, Shankar was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his 2/32 as India beat Bangladesh by 6 wickets to bounce back in the tri-series.Shankar picked up the wickets of Mushfiqur Rahim and captain Mahmudullah to derail Bangladesh’s progress in the first innings as India restricted the Tigers to 139/8 after opting to field first.Pandya will next be seen in action when he reunites with his Mumbai Indians teammates for the Indian Premier League starting April 7.last_img

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