IPL 2021: Hardik Pandya's Fielding Inside Circle Adds To India's Resources
Jadeja had on Friday caught Punjab Kings (PBKS) by surprise as he dismissed KL Rahul with a direct hit while having a single stump to aim at from a backward point. Jadeja then took a diving catch of Gayle at backward point to leave PBKS struggling at 19/3 and a position from where they could never recover.
PBKS head coach Anil Kumble shook his head in astonishment and pace bowler Deepak Chahar later said he would love to have 11 Jaddus (Jadejas) in the line-up. Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene too was impressed with the way Hardik has turned up as a fielder.
"We have always used Hardik on the boundary, because of his speed, throwing arm, and catching ability. He has had niggle in the shoulder for the last few games so we kept him in the 30-yard circle and he proved his value by picking run-outs because he is agile."
"He is a good mover between short distances. Obviously, it is great. Probably going forward, we will make him stay longer inside the circle before sending him out," said Jayawardene while speaking to the media.