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Best spells by an Indian in ODIs at Old Trafford

 Venkatesh Prasad is the only Indian bowler to have picked up a 5-wicket haul in ODI cricket at the Old Trafford in Manchester.

 

 Hardik joins Prasad, Shami

 

 His are also the best figures by an Indian bowler at the venue in one day international. Venkatesh achieved the feat in the famous match against Pakistan in 1999 when he gave away 27 runs to pick up 5 wickets with the help of his brilliant swing.

 

 Mohammed Shami got 4 wickets while conceding just 16 runs against West Indies during the 2019 ODI world cup and holds the record for the second best figures by an Indian bowler in ODI Cricket at the venue. 

 

 Special effort

 

 Hardik Pandya recorded the third best figures by an Indian bowler at the Old Trafford in Manchester in ODIs when he picked up 4 wickets while giving away just 24 runs against England.

 

 He also made a valuable half-century and helped India to victory as India won the third ODI by 5 wickets to also take the series 2-1, and Pandya was rightly named the player of the series.

 

 Hardik Pandya, Player of the Series: White ball is something close to me. We all know how good a team England is. For us, as a team it was important to come here, set out the plans what we’ll bowl and execute it. Important for me to stop the runs, bowl as many dot balls. They were cruising at one point. I love short balls. Don’t fancy people taking me on. Gets me into the game. Don’t mind getting hit for six sixes also if I can get a wicket. That’s Livingstone’s game as well, he takes his chances. I always feel I’m shameless as a bowler. Don’t care how far I get hit. We all know what talent Pant has. Finally today he was playing the situation. The partnership changed the game for us. The way he finished the game was also special.

 

Successful series

 

 Pandya finished as the second highest run scorer in the low-scoring series, making 100 runs at an average of 50, a strike rate of over 100 with 12 boundaries, and the best of 71.

 

 He was also the fourth highest wicket-taker and the third highest for India, with six wickets from 3 matches at 12.33 and an economy rate of 4.35.

Saksham Mishra

Justifying hours of watching sports by scribbling down a few logical lines that might just about hold your interest. Was not talented enough to make it as a professional cricketer, so the next best logical option was to enroll in a Mass Communication course, and write about sports instead. Because, what else is there to write about in this world, right?
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