Dravid, who was Pandyas coach during an India A tour of Australia last year, hoped that the current India A players are able to emulate Pandyas batting approach.
“A good example about Hardik from my perspective is, hes willing to play situations and not just the natural game we often speak about. Credit goes completely to him. Its not about playing just the one way you want to play,” he said on the sidelines of India As unofficial Test against New Zealand A in Vijayawada.
“Hes the one who has actually turned his career around,” Dravid was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.com.
Pandya has become the cynosure of all eyes with his six- hitting prowess, demonstrated to good effect in the ongoing five-ODI series against Australia. He has scored two match- winning half-centuries in three games so far.
In the first ODI, he along with Mahendra Singh Dhoni had revived Indias fortunes with a match-turning 83, while in the third game, where he was sent up to No. 4 after the openers put on a century stand in a chase of 294, Pandya sustained the momentum by scoring 78.
“If he bats at four, he bats in a particular way. If he bats at six, he bats in a particular way. Tomorrow, he may bat at 80 for 4, like he did in the first ODI with Dhoni. That shows maturity and thats what you want to see.