Hardik Pandya (L) and MS Dhoni© BCCI
The relationship between Hardik Pandya and the former skipper of the Indian cricket team MS Dhoni is quite well known. The all-rounder has paid tribute to the veteran on many occasions and it was no surprise that he met Dhoni ahead of the first T20I encounter against New Zealand. The team landed in Ranchi on Wednesday and Pandya posted a picture with Dhoni on social media along with the caption ‘Sholay 2 is coming’. It is a special series for Pandya as he will lead the national team.
Sholay 2 is coming 😉 pic.twitter.com/WixkPuBHg0
— hardikpandya (@hardikpandya7) January 26, 2023
In the two pictures posted on Pandya’s account, he can be seen posing with Dhoni. He was in the driver’s seat of a motorcycle while the former captain was in the sidecar.
Pandya has already captained the team against Ireland, New Zealand and Sri Lanka in the past and with a brilliant record as captain in the IPL 2022 with Gujarat Titans, many pundits have tipped him to get the position full-time. From now on, he will replace the absent Rohit Sharma.
Rohit guided India to a 3–0 ODI series victory over New Zealand, with the right-handed batsman scoring his first century in over three years during the third match at Indore. However, he has not played a single T20I encounter for India since the end of the T20 World Cup in Australia last year.
Both Rohit and Virat Kohli have not played for India in the sport’s shortest format and with the selectors looking to provide opportunities for youngsters, it is a possibility that Pandya could lead the team in the near future.
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