Team India starts the T20I series at Sri Lanka on a high note after achieving a comprehensive victory in the first game of the three-game leg in Colombo.
Both captains Shikhar Dhawan and vice-captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar Impressed Indian fans and experts with their respective performances in the match. Apart from the senior duo, Suryakuamar Yadav, Deepak Chahar and others also displayed top-quality cricket to help their team take the lead.
But, Hardik Pandya‘‘s exhibition with the willow was a worrying sign for the visitors. As each team watches the upcoming T20 World Cup, Hardik has high hopes of getting back in good shape ahead of the global showpiece.
In the opening match, Hardik only manages to score 10 runs at an awful strike rate of 83.33 without a single limit. Even in the bowling, the referee eventually conceded 17 runs from 2 overs with one wicket.
Despite a poor performance, Hardik still managed to grab the spotlight for his generous and helpful nature. In a viral video on social media, Hardik can be seen presenting one of his bats to the Sri Lankan player Chamika Karunaratne. The Baroda cricketer is surrounded by his teammates Surya and Ishan Kishan while the friendly act took place.
After receiving a special gift, Karunaratne looked very happy and he exchanged a fist with the Indian superstar. He even shared a video on his official Instagram handle and expressed his gratitude to Hardik. Karunaratne described Hardik as his ‘role model’ and said he would never forget this moment.
“It is very honest that I received a bat from my role model @ hardikpandya93 on my T20 debut. You are an amazing person, and your thoughtful gesture really touches me. I will never forget this day. May God always bless you! ” wrote Karunaratne.
Here is the video:
Impressive of Hardik, just look at the reaction of Karunaratne.
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