India vs Australia 1st ODI: At SCG, Hardik Pandya minus the swagger

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India vs Australia 1st ODI: At SCG, Hardik Pandya minus the swagger

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From the magisterial member’s pavilion — SCG’s bridge between the quaint past and the bustling present — Hardik Pandya emerged, his kit-bag slung on his shoulders, his ears immune to the clatter of the fans beyond the fence, eyes drifting into the distant gloomy clouds. He plunged into the chair under the canopy, reluctantly unpacking the bag. A few minutes later, he quietly applied the sunscreen and began to bowl from a shorter run-up, sometimes missing it.

His demeanour was far from what has been accustomed to — Pandya in the nets, especially when he’s bowling, is usually unmissable, pulling pranks, cracking jokes, cranking the ball as hard as he can, cracking the ball as long as he can.