Hardik Pandya showed he went back to India and worked hard: Virat KohliIndia vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli was impressed with Hardik Pandya who made a strong comeback after returning from suspension. Pandya picked up crucial wickets and took a brilliant catch in India’s 8-wicket win over New Zealand in the third ODI on Monday.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta Mount MaunganuiJanuary 28, 2019UPDATED: January 28, 2019 17:32 IST India tour of New Zealand 2019: Hardik Pandya picked up two wickets and a catch on his comeback following the suspension over Kofffe With Karan (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli said it was good to have Hardik Pandya back in the Indian teamPandya returned after his suspension over Koffee with Karan was liftedPandya, who replaced Vijay Shankar, picked 2 for 45 in the 3rd ODI vs New Zeaand3rd ODI, Brief Scores: India (244/3) beat New Zealand (243) by 7 wickets to take an unbeatable 3-0 series lead. Rohit (62), Kohli (60), Rayudu (40*). (SCORECARD)Virat Kohli heaped praise on Hardik Pandya, who picked 2 for 45 off his 10 overs and took a stunning catch to dismiss New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson in the third ODI on Monday. India, chasing 244, won with 8 wickets to spare and clinched the five-match ODI series with an unbeatable 3-0 lead.Hardik was suspended and ordered to return home from the tour of Australia along with KL Rahul after the duo made sexist remarks on Koffee with Karan. Soon after the episode aired on Indian television early in January, the Indian cricket community was left shocked. Pandya apologised but BCCI punished him and Rahul.After the Indian board lifted the suspensions pending the appointment of an ombudsman, Pandya flew back to New Zealand and replaced Vijay Shankar in the third ODI. And he made an immediate impact, picking up the crucial wickets of Mitchell Santner and Henry Nicholls off successive overs to derail the Black Caps. Despite a gutsy 93 by Ross Taylor, New Zealand managed only 243.Virat Kohli was naturally thrilled to have his star all-rounder back.”It’s very, very good to have Hardik back. He is someone who provides a lot of balance to the team. And the way he bowled today showed he went back and practiced his skills.”He put his head down and focussed on what he needed to do and you could tell from the way he bowled with intensity straightaway.. picking two crucial wickets at that stage.advertisement”He’s someone who will give you those important contributions in all three departments and that’s something any team would want to have and when he comes in, the team looks a lot more balanced,” Kohli told the media after India’s comprehensive win.”It’s good to have him back in the right headspace and the right kind of mindset to perform for the team and I hope he can keep growing with this performance,” he said.Virat Kohli said he hoped Pandya would emerge as a stronger cricketer after the Koffee with Karan row. Pandya lost a major endorsement deal and his membership with an iconic Mumbai club.”You can either be broken by a situations or emerge stronger by focusing your energies on cricket. If you respect the game, the game respects you in return. We have seen players who have been able to change their careers historically after such situations.”We hope he emerges as a stronger cricketer and am sure he can do that,” Kohli said.Earlier, Sunil Gavaskar lauded Pandya for his efforts with the ball.”(It was a ) terrific performance, absolutely terrific performance. It’s never easy [to fly and straightway play a match]. The jet lag can get to you. He is a young man, he has had things that have happened and he just wants to forget it. The best way to forget it is being out on the field. And this is what he does best. Being on the field and playing for the country… that’s what you want,” Gavaskar told Star Sports. “He’s bowled a very good line, he has used the bouncers to very good effect. He has been like a live wire on the field.”That’s the plus that Hardik Pandya brings to the team. He is such an outstanding fielder. He will get you some impossible catches, get you some terrific run-outs and then with the bat and the ball, he does well.”He was very, very impressive. You know why this team management wants him in the side. He actually fills that little blank that was there. This allows the team to be balanced. He covers all the bases for the team,” Gavaskar said.Also Read | Mohammed Shami your English bahut acha, Simon Doull tells India pacerAlso Read | India are teaching us a lesson: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson after series defeatAlso Read | Scott Styris trolls New Zealand after Virat Kohli’s India win ODI seriesAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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