After having an exceptional IPL 2020 with the bat, Hardik Pandya continued his dream run against Australia as India won the T20I series 2-1 even after registering a 12-run defeat by the hands of Aaron Finch & Co. at SCG on Tuesday.
Pandya played a scintillating knock (42 not out off 22) in the second T20I while chasing a 195-run target. The all-rounder smashed two sixes in the last over from Australian pacer Daniel Sams to take India over the finish line. Hardik’s blitz helped India in sealing the series.
THAT'S how you win a series!
Hardik Pandya is a monster 🤯
With his magic bat he sends one high into the stands 💥
Scenes 😍 pic.twitter.com/efiPWH7mdp
— Cricket on BT Sport (@btsportcricket) December 6, 2020
After the conclusion of the 3rd T20I, Pandya was adjudged the ‘Man of the Series’ for his valuable contributions with the bat and in the outfield.
However, to everyone’s surprise, the Baroda-lad handed his trophy over to the series debutant T Natarajan. The left-arm seamer Natarajan was the lead wicket-taker for India in the three-match T20I leg, picking up crucial wickets while keeping the run-flow in check.
Seeing Hardik giving away his trophy to India’s new yorker king, cricket fans and experts took to Twitter to laud the 27-year-old for his maturity and humbleness.
Gestures like giving his Man of the Series award to an equally deserving Natarajan show just how much Hardik Pandya has matured over the last couple of years.
Makes me feel really happy as an Indian cricket fan. pic.twitter.com/1MpZR8N3ci
— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) December 8, 2020
Hardik Pandya hand over the man of the series award to Natarajan.
This is truly amazing. pic.twitter.com/g80wCDqnqq
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) December 8, 2020
Hardik Pandya – The most down to earth human being. He handed his Man Of The Series award to T Natarajan because he felt he deserved that award. pic.twitter.com/T9DZ6zjhNc
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) December 8, 2020
Hardik pandya hand over the man of the series award to #Natarajan 👏👌
— Hari Asylum (@hariazylum) December 8, 2020
Another bilateral win for Team India & Virat Kohli. Hardik Pandya & T Natarajan out shined & Nice gesture by HP tho Natarajan deserves the Man Of The Series. 👍
Congrats Team India 💙#AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/PDIHikXlEZ
— Ƥ (@Pallette_) December 8, 2020
HARDIK PANDYA handover the man of the series award to NATARAJAN….
VIRAT KHOLI handover the winning trophy to NATARAJAN….
Such a deserving one…#IndiavsAustralia | #AUSvsIND | @Natarajan_91 | #Nattu pic.twitter.com/Oymfir7xzu
— Abigail (@abi_007_gail) December 8, 2020
@hardikpandya7 You are sure to get the highest honor award in the world of cricket.
— DANUSHKA ARAVINDA (@DanuskaAravinda) December 8, 2020
— S_o_k💞Siva 😉 (@sok_siva7) December 8, 2020
@hardikpandya7 gets the man of the series award but it was @Natarajan_91 who was a stand out in this series and a great find for Indian cricket
Winning the T20 series will be a great boost for the team in the Test series#AUSvIND #Natarajan #hardikpandiya pic.twitter.com/gIqMaoT3pw
— PREETHIK SHETTY 🏏 (@ShettyPreethik) December 8, 2020
Hardik Pandya hand over the Man of series trophy to T. Natarajan..
— ᴹᴿ Mαηɪꜱʜ 🕶 (@Manishsuriya_) December 8, 2020