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‘Hardik Pandya – future T20I captain of Team India’ – Twitter reacts after Hardik Pandya becomes the second Indian captain after Virat Kohli to win a T20 against New Zealand in New Zealand

India’s regular skipper Rohit Sharma has been rested for the team’s tour of New Zealand (three T20Is and three ODIs). Hardik Pandya led the Indian cricket team for the three-match T20I series in Rohit Sharma’s absence.

He led the team quite well in the T20I series and the result ended in favour of the Indian cricket team. The first T20I was abandoned due to rain and hence, we could not expect any result out of the game.

However, the second game went smoothly as per the schedule. Although there was an interruption due to rain, the match resumed soon after the rain stopped. Suryakumar Yadav went on to score his second T20I century, which was enough for India to post a competitive total of 191/6 in their quota of 20 overs.

In response, New Zealand were skittled out for 126 in the chase. As a result, the Men in Blue won the game by 65 runs to take the first lead in the series. Although the second game was totally a one-sided encounter, the third T20I was a tight contest as both teams gave it all to win the game.

Hardik Pandya achieves new feat as a captain

Team India were looking to win the game in order to win the series whereas Kiwis were looking to win the game in order to level the series. However, the rain gods played spoilsport during the passage of play, leaving the DLS to decide the fate of the game.

Fortunately, for India, despite losing four wickets for 75 runs in 9 overs, they still managed to level the par score of 75. With no further play possible in the game, the match ended in a tie, meaning that India won the series by 1-0.

Meanwhile, India’s stand-in T20I captain Hardik Pandya became the second Indian captain after Virat Kohli to win a T20I against New Zealand in New Zealand.

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