Hardik Pandya, who was surrounded by controversies a few weeks, back has made an impactful comeback against New Zealand in 3rd ODI. Pandya was economical with ball and picked up two crucial wickets for the team.
India went on to win the match by seven wickets and take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match ODI series.
India vs New Zealand: Controversy can help Hardik Pandya scale new heights in career, says Virat Kohli
After the match Pandya took to Twitter to thank everyone. He tweeted, "Thank you", with a couple of photos from the match.
Thank you 🙏 pic.twitter.com/rzIKQX7ELx— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) January 28, 2019
The 25-year old also took a stunner catch to dismiss Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson, which was the highlight of the match.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli also motivated the new attitude of Pandya after his composed performance.
"In life, there are only two ways to deal with a situation like that. Either you hit rock bottom or you can learn from the situation and see it as a motivation to make things right," said Kohli after leading India to a series-sealing seven-wicket win over the Black Caps.
"For a cricketer, there is nothing more dear than game. You put all your energy in the game, if you respect the game, the game will respect you back. There is no rocket science."
The Indian skipper said Pandya showed the required intensity in his comeback game and is already on the road to redemption.
"You don't need to do anything extra (in a situation like Pandya's). Whoever comes out of it positive, his career can scale new heights, like we have seen with many cricketers in the past.
"I hope he goes on that right path and emerges as a better cricketer and I think he can do that," added Kohli.