“Hardik believes in himself, and his innings was the game-changer. He possesses all three skills equally and we are lucky to have him,” Kohli added.
Skipper Virat Kohli said Hardik Pandya’s blistering half-century at a crucial stage was the game-changer for India in the first ODI of the five-match series against Australia. India beat Australia by 26 runs via Duckworth-Lewis method in the rain-affected match to go 1-0 up in the series.
The India captain also complemented his bowlers for restricting Australia after the visitors were set a revised target of 164 off 21 overs in the rain-curtailed match.
“The bowlers were outstanding as well. It is a matter of giving players confidence. (Yuzvendra) Chahal is very brave and doesn’t say no to any situation. Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and (Jasprit) Bumrah were very clinical and our bank bowlers,” Kohli said.
“After the rain, we felt this was our best T20 attack. We can’t have a more perfect combination.”
Rival captain Steve Smith said they lost the plot after reducing India to 87 for five.
“Yeah, obviously we got ourselves into a good position. We had them at 5 for 87 and let things off a bit,” he said.