IND vs AUS 2017: Do you know what Hardik Pandya’s childhood habit was?

[caption id="attachment_54644" align="aligncenter" width="580"]Hardik Hardik Pandya played a match winning knock in the 3rd ODI against Australia last night. File Pic[/caption]

Internet Desk: Team India’s new heartthrob Hardik Pandya has shared the secret of his six-hitting. The Baroda batsman made a habit of hitting sixes since his childhood days. It’s a skill he has developed since his childhood days.

"I am used to hitting sixes since my childhood days; it's just that I am hitting them at a higher level now." Pandya told reporters at the post-match press conference on Sunday.

The hard hitting batsman has twice seized the momentum for his team in the ensuing series with his onslaught with the bat. During the first ODI in Chennai, Pandya had taken leg-spinner Adam Zampa to the cleaners while in the series-clinching ODI on Sunday, he came up with big shots against left-arm spinner Ashton Agar at a crucial juncture.

Pandya first came into limelight after his swashbuckling knock of 76 runs in the Champions Trophy final against Pakistan at the Oval. On being asked whether the innings against Pakistan has been the turning point, Hardik said,"If you want to think that way, you can, I have no problems. I played well in the IPL before that. Last year's IPL wasn't great for me, so I worked hard, and the form came back. So whatever you say, if you say Pakistan changed my game, then so be it I have no problem."

Pandya's 78-run knock last night came at a time when India had lost four wickets in quick time.

Further talking about his ability to hit sixes at will, Pandya said he prefers reading the game before making shot selection.

"It's not just about hitting. It's pretty important that I read the game. That time (in Chennai) I thought that Zampa was bowling and I knew that I could hit a six off him anytime I wanted to. That's why I waited till the seventh over and then I got the opportunity to change the momentum and eventually one over changed the momentum in that game," he said.

"I tried and it came out pretty well. That's just my thinking. It's about being positive and backing yourself. If I feel like, I go for it. I read the situation and go for it," Pandya said.

With his consistent performances, Pandya is expected to carry the weight of expectations like other star players of the team. However, the all-rounder says he does not think that way.

"I don't think that much. I focus only on the things, which I can focus and right now I am just playing my cricket. I just back myself and if you back yourself, you always come out on top. I mean you can't score everyday but yeah, backing yourself is pretty important," he said.

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