After his heroics with the ball against England in the third ODI in Manchester, Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya set yet another record while battling on Sunday. The 28-year-old became the second Indian batter to claim four wickets and score a half-century against England in an ODI match after India great Yuvraj Singh, who had achieved the feat in 2008 in Indore.
Yuvraj scored a knock of 118 against England in 2008, however, Pandya could not score a century as he was caught out by Ben Stokes after scoring 71 runs off 55 balls at Old Trafford. He also smashed 10 boundaries and put up the highest partnership (133 off 115 balls) in the ODI series against England with Rishabh Pant.
Pandya registered his career best figure of 4/24 while bowling, dismissing crucial wickets of Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Liam Livingstone. His performance was one of the vital reasons behind India’s win over England on Sunday, helping his team to a series victory as well.
Pandya spoke about his bowling during the innings break of the match. “I had to bend my back a bit, change my plans and realise you need to use the short ball as a wicket-taking ball,” he said.
“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.
Pandya also heaped praises on India captain Rohit Sharma for efficient use of his abilities.
“The body’s fine, the captain is fantastic at managing my workload. The chase is about intent, the wicket is pretty good to bat on. We’ll fancy our chances to chase it down,” he opined.
India will fly off to a tour of West Indies, where they will play three ODI and five T20I matches.