Hardik Pandya Picked Up 2 Wickets In His First Spell
Hardik Pandya Picked Up 2 Wickets In His First Spell PC- ESPN

Dinesh Karthik, the wicketkeeper-batsman for India, praised Hardik Pandya and called him one of the finest all-rounders in the world right now.

At Old Trafford on July 17, Pandya got four wickets and contributed 71 runs to India’s five-wicket victory against England in the third one-day international to seal the series victory. 

As a result of his heroics, Pandya became the sixth Indian to make a fifty-plus score and capture four wickets, joining the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh, and K Srikkanth in an exclusive ODI list. 

Hardik Pandya. PC- Getty
Hardik Pandya. PC- Getty

Dinesh Karthik All Praise For Hardik Pandya

Pandya is the first Indian player since Yuvraj Singh’s brilliant performance in the 2011 World Cup and the first Indian to accomplish the feat outside of the Indian subcontinent. 

“Quality knock Rishabh Pant. In a series decider when it matters most. Hardik Pandya you are one of the best allrounders in the world right now . Period. Great work guys. Well done team india,” Karthik tweeted. 

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya. Image: Twitter

Following an early collapse by the Men in Blue, Pandya assisted India in chasing down 260 runs with Rishabh Pant, who got his first ODI century. Before Pandya was dismissed for 71 runs off the bowling of Brydon Carse, the pair added 133 runs to the total for the fifth wicket. Pant persevered, though, and finished undefeated on 125 from 113 balls. 

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Hardik Pandya Providing Balance To The Squad

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya. (Photo: Twitter)

Pandya has immediately demonstrated how much India missed him since his return to the squad in June against South Africa, especially in his fit-and-firing persona. He gives this squad the perfect amount of balance, which has a significance that extends far beyond the significant advances he frequently makes or the runs he scores.

And there is no question that no other all-rounder India possesses has the skill necessary to delicately adjust the team-combination scales in white-ball cricket. 

In preparation for the forthcoming ODI series against the West Indies, Pandya and Pant have been rested. Towards the end of July, the pair will join the Indian side for the five-match T20I series against the West Indies. 

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