'He has promised that he is going to commit everything to be the all-rounder the team needs in all three formats'
'He plays for the team at all times and these kinds of players are priceless'
India skipper Virat Kohli said that Hardik Pandya has promised to commit everything to his game to double up his services in all three formats.
Hardik has in recent times stuck to playing as a finisher in the national team but the all-rounder has now started bowling. The 27-year-old cricketer bowled two overs in the opening game but completed his full quota in the second T20I.
"Credit to Hardik that he's bowling at least three overs for us in every game. And the next six to eight months period he has promised that he is going to commit everything to be the all-rounder the team needs in all three formats. He plays for the team at all times and these kinds of players are priceless," Kohli told the hosts' broadcaster after the win in the second T20I.
Earlier ahead of the first T20I, Hardik had confirmed that he will be bowling against England in the series.
"It's been almost one and half months since I have been preparing in this format -- it's going to be important with the World T20 coming up. You will see me bowling in this series," Hardik had told the host broadcasters after the toss in the first T20I.
Ishan Kishan and Kohli both scored respective half-centuries to help India chase down the 165-run target in the second T20I with utmost ease at the Narendra Modi Stadium, in Ahmedabad, on Sunday.
The five-match series is currently tied 1-1. The two teams will now take on each other in the third T20I on Tuesday.