Pandya played a crucial role in India's series win in Sri Lanka Image: AFP
India all-rounder Hardik Pandya revealed that MS Dhoni's tips are the secret behind his new-found ability with the bat in the death overs of matches.
Pandya is fast emerging as a potent finisher for India in the lower-middle order ever since the India vs England series late last year. The all-rounder also showed glimpses of his ability to close innings' with a flurry during the IPL and seems to have carried the trait to England for the ICC Champions Trophy.
Pandya, who played a crucial role with his destructive knocks in Mumbai Indians' triumph in IPL 2017, impressed yet again during India's second ICC Champions Trophy warm-up game against Bangladesh. Pandya scored a blistering 80 off just 54 balls in the match.
"I had a chat with Mahi bhai. I still remember one incident when I asked him how to finish games. And he said that you need to make sure you look at the scoreboard. You need to make sure you see the situation and play accordingly," the 23-year-old said when asked about his new-found knack for pacing his innings nicely during death overs.
"That way, I have noticed that you don't put pressure on yourself. Because you want the team to win, that's the motive. So you don't have your own personal thing that you have to do something special, that pressure is not on you. You just have to focus on what you can do for the team and play according to the situation. So that was a big tip which he gave me and which eventually helped me," he added.
Earlier, India captain Virat Kohli had also praised Hardik for taking up responsibility lower down the order along with Kedar Jadhav and relieving a lot of pressure from the top order batsmen.