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India tour of Australia: VVS Laxman praises Hardik Pandeya for his leadership qualities

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India tour of Australia: VVS Laxman is excited to see Hardik Pandeya exhibiting leadership qualities after the all-rounder handed his Man of the Series award to the newcomer, Natarajan after the conclusion of T20 series on Tuesday. Pandeya can be seen in the supported picture sharing his award to Natarajan.

VVS Laxman hailed the Indian all-rounder, Hardik Pandeya for his excellent leadership gesture. Hardik Pandeya decided to hand over his Man of the Series Award to the newbie, T. Natarajan after the conclusion of T20 series against Australia on Tuesday. Natarajan came to Australia as an additional bowler, but not only he made his International debut but also he inspired everyone with his bowling.

“Excellent gesture from @hardikpandya7 Great to see him exhibiting qualities of a leader. Also, feel very happy for @Natarajan_91. I have no doubt Nattu will continue to work hard and show improvement and progress in his craft. Good luck,”

VVS Laxman tweeted with the picture of Hardik Pandeya sharing his award with Natarajan.

Speaking to ANI about his gesture of handing the award, Pandeya said that he believes in backing up people who work hard and deserves the reward. He thus gave the trophy to the youngster for his hard work, and he deserved it.

“I want people to believe in themselves and to achieve anything even if the odds are against them. It’s just my way of appreciating his hard work over the years. For me, Natrajan deserves the Man of the Series award. To perform so brilliantly on his debut speaks volumes of his belief and the talent he possesses,”

said Pandeya in the interview.

‘An asset for Indian team’

T. Natarajan picked up two wickets in ODI series, but he took six wickets in the three-match T20I series, most by any player in the series. 

It was the discipline by which he bowled the Yorkers in the depth overs, and he was being compared by Zaheer Khan, the way he bowled.

The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli also believes that the youngster can be an asset for the Indian team.

“Natarajan… a special mention for him as in the absence of Bumrah and Shami he has been the guy who has stood up and delivered under pressure,”

said Kohli in a press conference.

“He looks very composed and is a very hard-working guy and very humble too. I wish him all the best. A left-arm bowler is always an asset on the field, and if he can be consistent it will be a great thing for us heading into the World Cup next year,”

he added.