Ind vs WI T20I: The debate revolves around the instance when Hardik Pandya struck a match-winning six and this action left his fellow teammate Tilak Varma just one run short of completing his half-century with a score of 49 runs. Pandya’s choice in this situation has triggered an intense discussion among both supporters and analysts. Many have alleged that he prevented Tilak Varma from achieving his second consecutive fifty for the Indian team. Pandya’s decision was widely criticized by both fans and experts, sparking a wave of disappointment that flooded social media platforms. Harsha Bhogle also commented on the contentious issue of Tilak Varma’s score of 49.
“I am puzzled by the discussion around Tilak Varma missing out on a 50. It isn’t a landmark, in fact other than a century (which is rare), there are no landmarks in T20 cricket. We are far too obsessed with individual achievement within a team sport. I don’t believe the 50s should be recorded in individual stats in T20 cricket. If you have made enough runs quickly enough (avg and SR), that is all that matters,”
However, according to reports from Hindustan Times, audio caught on stump mic where Pandya can be heard instructing Varma when he was batting at 44 runs from 32 balls, and India required 12 runs from 23 balls. Pandya’s words were, “Tereko especially khatam karna hai, rukna hai. Gendo ka fark padta hai”
Fans also perceive that Irfan Pathan made an implied remark towards Hardik Pandya when he hit a six, preventing Tilak Varma from reaching his half-century in the India vs. West Indies match. His tweet stated, “Mushkil kaam aap karo, Asaan kaam mein Kar leta hoo”