Hardik Pandya made an impactful debut against Sri Lanka scoring a 49-ball 50 in the first innings to help India reach a huge total of 600 at the Galle International Stadium.Talking to Cheteshwar Pujara after the 304-run victory, Pandya, who hit three sixes and five fours in his 49-ball knock said that he doesn’t think of hitting sixes but plays according to his team’s demands.”I don’t think about hitting six sixes. I just focus on what the team requires,” he said. VIDEO: @cheteshwar1 quizzes @hardikpandya7 on a wide range of topics – by @28anand https://t.co/OTV61Zhms8 #SLvIND #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/WHRXtXWVZN- BCCI (@BCCI) July 31, 2017During the Champions Trophy, he hit three consecutive sixes of the bowling of Imad Wasim but decided to not go for it on the fourth ball. Pujara, who’s a completely different batsman from him, said that he feels Pandya one day can emulate Yuvraj Singh’s feat of hitting six maximums in the same over. However, the all-rounder said that he plays according to the situation and not for sixes but didn’t rule out the possibility of doing so one day.”Even in my short career I’ve hit three sixes in three balls but never went for the fourth one because the situation didn’t demand. But someday when I’ll have the situation where I can go all six balls, I might do it,” said the 23-year-old.Pujara also asked Hardik about how he felt about pulling the ball and who hits it better him or Pujara? To which he promptly replied that it was definitely the Saurashtra batsman who does it better.advertisement”Definitely you. He (Pujara) pulls it so well that he can easily hit a ball 100 metres easily in any ground,” he said.”I was proud of myself because I know I don’t play the pull shot that well. I’ve not played it till now,” he added.The Baroda boy made an impressive Test debut. He hit an aggressive half-century in the first innings and also took a wicket off a beautiful inswinger to get read of Nuwan Pradeep. Talking about his debut game, he said that he feels pretty good and proud of his achievements.”It feels pretty good. As a youngster you always want to play Test cricket and eventually when you get the opportunity and you do well, it always feels good. So I’m really proud of myself,” Pandya said.Talking about how he prepares for a Test match which is completely different from the shorter formats, where Pandya has been very successful, he said that he just changes the way he thinks as the skills one has remains the same.”As an international cricketer you need to be smart with the preparation you do. You need to switch from the mind according to the format. You don’t change your skills much. You work on your bowling, batting and patience,” said Pandya.
The Cowboys wore another uniform combination that we haven’t seen before, and it looked good. We’ve seen this helmet and pants combo with the black jersey and white jersey before, so it was something we had to see with the orange jersey as well.This combo reminded me a lot of the homecoming throwback look from a season ago. If they would have worn the throwback socks with this – or a similar pair of socks but with stripes to match the helmet stripe – then I might consider it in the top 10. It’s just difficult to throw it in there when we know this helmet looks better with the black or white jersey.Oklahoma State has worn white-orange-white almost every season. I like that they switched it up just enough so that we’re not seeing repeat combos more than we have to. I like being able to look at a photo of a unique uniform combo and thinking, “That’s the game where we forced seven turnovers.”I think we all agree that this helmet is top tier, so to pair it with the orange top and white pants makes sense. We have three White-Orange-White uniforms now.[1. There’s potential for a fourth White-Orange-White with the Icy Pete helmet.]The first white helmet with the orange OSU brand logo, the second with the Bronc Rider and orange stripe, and the third with the black OSU brand logo and black stripe. It’s difficult ranking these. I would take the helmet we wore Saturday over the other two, but I wouldn’t necessarily put that combo over the other two. There’s just enough orange in this helmet to make it work with the orange jersey and white pants, but the nitpicker in me likes the orange OSU logo a little better with those jersey and pants.This is my favorite look so far this season, which is strange to me because when I initially saw the combo I didn’t like it that much. However, the more I looked at it, the more I liked it. This combo has a classic feel to it. I still believe the best is yet to come.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! read more