Give him any role, Hardik Pandya takes it up with a smile: KL Rahul

first_img Press Trust of India CardiffMay 29, 2019UPDATED: May 29, 2019 17:42 IST India all-rounder Hardik Pandya (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKL Rahul said all-rounder Hardik Pandy takes up every responsibility thrown at him very wellKL Rahul smashed a century in India’s World Cup warm-up game against BangladeshIndia will begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5K L Rahul has heaped praise on his close friend and India teammate Hardik Pandya, saying the all-rounder revels in taking extra responsibility for the team.Rahul, who sealed the number four spot for the World Cup opener against South Africa with a fine hundred here on Tuesday, said Hardik has grown immensely as a cricketer over the last two years.”Being a fast bowling all-rounder he plays an important role in the set-up of the team, no matter what format. He does have the skill and everybody knows he has the skill. But how he has used that skill and grown in the last two years,” said Rahul after his stellar knock against Bangladesh in India’s final warm-up game before the World Cup.Not long ago, Rahul and Hardik were embroiled in a massive controversy following their sexist comments on a popular chat show. Key to India’s chances in the mega event beginning May 30, they both look in good shape having done well in the preceding IPL.Hardik’s role will be critical not just with the bat in the death overs but also as a pacer. Rahul backed him to have a successful tournament.”His red ball form, he did well in England and also got a 90 in South Africa at Cape Town. Put under pressure, he has come up and delivered for the team. He is somebody from who the team expects a lot and he always takes the responsibility thrown in at him.”Give him any role and Hardik takes it up with a smile on his face. He wants to do it for the team and gives his all. That’s what makes him who he is. Someone who gives hundred percent each time he is on the field,” he added.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Hosts England take on Steyn-less South AfricaAlso Read | Shakib Al Hasan will do something big at World Cup: Mashrafe MortazaAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow 2019 World CupFollow KL RahulFollow Hardik Pandya Give him any role, Hardik Pandya takes it up with a smile: KL RahulWorld Cup 2019: Showering praise on compatriot Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul said that the all-rounder gives his hundred percent in every role he is put in.advertisementlast_img read more