Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya joined an elite list of Indian players after displaying heroic performance both with bat and ball in the third ODI against England at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday.
Hardik played an important knock of 71 off 55 balls, with his innings laced with 10 fours. The all-rounder played a second fiddle to Rishabh Pant in their alliance of 133 runs to help India win by five wickets. Although Hardik couldn’t stay till the end to finish the game, but he ensured to bail India out from a precarious position of 72 for four in the 17th over.
Hardik also picked the wickets of Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone and Jos Buttler to finish with figures of 4 for 24 from seven overs, including three maiden overs. The 28-year-old became the fifth Indian player to achieve the record of scoring a fifty and picking four wickets in the same ODI match.
Hardik Pandya achieves this record in ODI cricket
Hardik joined prominent figures like Kris Srikkanth, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh to achieve the feat. Only Ganguly and Yuvraj have attained the landmark twice during their career.
Indian player to score 50-plus runs and pick four wickets in an ODI match
K Srikkanth 70 & 5/27 v NZ Vizag 1988
S Tendulkar 141 & 4/38 v Aus Dhaka 1998
S Ganguly 130* & 4/21 v SL Nagpur 1999
S Ganguly 71* & 5/34 v Zim Kanpur 2000
Yuvraj Singh 118 & 4/28 v Eng Indore 2008
Yuvraj Singh 50* & 5/31 v Ire Bengaluru 2011
Hardik Pandya 50* & 4/24 v Eng Manchester 2022
Stats credits: IndiaToday.in
I always fancy my bouncer: Hardik Pandya on dismissing Liam Livingstone
Hardik fancied his chances to bowl short and bouncer deliveries at Liam Livingstone. It was a battle that had the same story in successive games; Livingstone smashes the short balls into the stands and Hardik has the laugh after picking his wicket with persistent bouncers.
“I had to bend my back a bit, change my plans, realised that this was not the wicket to go full — and go for the short-ball, use it as a wicket-taking delivery,” Hardik said after the match.
“I always fancy my bouncer. Livingstone likes to take the short ball on and that gives me goosebumps. He hit me for two sixes, but one wicket made a big difference,” he added.
Hardik finished the ODI series with 100 runs at a strike rate of 101.01 and claimed six wickets at 12.33 and an economy rate of 4.35.