In an impressive display of skill, Hardik Pandya led India to a resounding 7-wicket triumph over the West Indies in the 3rd T20I of a 5-match series on Tuesday. Yet, the captain’s decision to secure victory with a six has drawn criticism, particularly as it denied Tilak Varma a second consecutive fifty in the T20I series. The crucial moment arrived when India needed a mere 2 runs with 2.1 overs left in the game.
Aakash Chopra, a former Indian opener turned cricket analyst, expressed disappointment at Tilak Varma falling short of his fifty in the 3rd T20I. He also questioned the rationale behind Hardik Pandya’s choice to go for a big hit when Net Run Rate wasn’t a concern in the bilateral series.
Chopra emphasized that after Suryakumar Yadav’s match-winning 83 off 44 balls, Hardik Pandya advised Tilak Varma to take it easy as they formed an unbeaten 43-run partnership for the 4th wicket.
As the 18th over commenced, India required 5 runs to win. Both Tilak Varma and Suryakumar opted for singles against West Indies captain Rovman Powell. However, Hardik Pandya changed the game’s momentum with a massive shot that secured victory, leaving Tilak Varma at 49 runs.
Tilak Varma denied his fifty; Strong Reactions
As they know @hardikpandya7 could have taken 1 and let @TilakV9 complete well deserving 50 and finish the game. This is absurd and heartbreaking. Will he do the same with @krunalpandya24 or ever done this ? The reason why India love @imVkohli
and @msdhoni 4 kindness.
Shame on the Pandya , he doesn’t mean to become captain as he has no gratitude towards team player glory !! He should be reminded of the fact when it’s was kohli 1 run away towards century and Dhoni played dot so that kohli can make his glory of celebrating century .
Chopra speculated whether this approach is part of a team culture designed to prioritize collective success over personal milestones, as India assembles a youthful team for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
“In cultivating a culture where players prioritize team success over individual achievements like remaining unbeaten or reaching a fifty, perhaps there lies the intent. Nevertheless, even an unbeaten innings doesn’t hold great significance in this context. Even if Tilak was at the crease, he still had 12 balls to score 2 runs. Regrettably, he was denied the opportunity to reach fifty. This is solely my perspective, perhaps considered old-fashioned,” Chopra commented.
Despite this critique, Chopra lavished praise on Tilak Varma for his stellar performance. The young player has consistently delivered with three scores above 30, including an impressive fifty in his initial three outings in international cricket.