Pandya: It's fun watching Kohli, Dhoni bat together

"There's a lot to learn when both (Kohli and Dhoni) of them bat. Their batting, running between wickets inspire us. It's at another level. It's fun to watch them bat together," Hardik Pandya said ahead of India's fourth ODI against New Zealand in Ranchi.

HARDIK PANDYA

Hardik Pandya trains in Ranchi ahead of the fourth ODI.   -  K. R. Deepak

Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli won the match for India in Mohali with a 151-run stand for the third wicket. And youngster Hardik Pandya's inspired watching them bat.

"There's a lot to learn when both (Kohli and Dhoni) of them bat. Their batting, running between wickets inspire us. It's at another level. It's fun to watch them bat together," Pandya said ahead of India's fourth ODI against New Zealand in Ranchi.

Dhoni promoted himself to number four in the last ODI and scored a 91-ball 80.

"It shows positive intent. I enjoyed his (Dhoni) batting," said Pandya, "As batsman, whatever number I bat at, we should play according to situation. It's a job for everyone. It gives us confidence for someone who bats lower down the order. It's pretty good."

Asked his preferred batting position, Pandya said: "I'm pretty ready for everything, whatever overs I get."

Pandya took 3/31 in India's six-wicket win in Dharamasala to be adjudged man-of-the-match in his debut ODI.

"I was putting the same effort but I've worked a bit more on my fitness. I'm stronger now."

Pandya nearly pulled off a thrilling win in Delhi but was out for 36 after trying to hook a short ball from Trent Boult.

"Well I've played that shot before, it was just not my day. I will try not repeat that and learn from mistakes and experience certainly plays a key role."

Asked whether the team is over-dependent on Kohli, he said: "When Virat is in full flow, it boosts the [team's] confidence. He is a high impact player, so obviously it creates pressure when he gets out cheaply and the team has to start building [the innings] again. Generally, he scores for the team. But we are ready for any situation."

Pandya hailed Kedar Jadhav for giving important breakthroughs with his part-time off-spin.

"It helps a lot, coming as sixth bowler he's certainly making a difference. Winning is important but we are taking match by match and not thinking too far ahead on the result of the series."

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