Hardik becomes fifth Indian to unique double
Kris Srikkanth, Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly and Yuvraj Singh held the record before Hardik Pandya joined the club.
Hardik Pandya became only the fifth Indian to record the double of scoring 50 runs and picking up four wickets in a one-day international.
Kris Srikkanth, the pioneer
Kris Srikkanth was the first one to do so, followed by Sachin Tendulkar. Sourav Ganguly achieved the feat a couple of times.
The first time he did, it was against Sri Lanka at Nagpur in 1999, and he repeated the feat the next year against Zimbabwe in Kanpur. Kris Srikkanth did it on New Zealand’s 1988 tour in Visakhapatnam.
Sachin Tendulkar followed in his footsteps, making over 50 runs and picking up four wickets against Australia at Dhaka in 1998.
Yuvraj Singh has been the modern Indian all-rounder who has been able to achieve the double on multiple occasions.
Yuvraj Singh did it against England in Indore and then repeated the feat against Ireland in the 2011 world cup at Bengaluru. This was also the tournament in which he finished as the player of the tournament and played a crucial role in India lifting the trophy at home.
Hardik Pandya has now emulated the feat of the seniors after doing it against England at Manchester in 2022.
Indian captain Rohit Sharma was full of praise for Pandya’s efforts after the all-rounder won the player of the series award.
Rohit Sharma: One side boundary was long, so Hardik kept bowling the bouncers and got rewards for it. Not really worried about top-order. To be honest, the wicket didn’t have much. We played some not-so-good shots. Still back those guys to come out good. One of those series where top order hasn’t come to the party. Have got nothing more to say because I know the quality they bring to the team. We’ve got some solid guys sitting on the bench who’s been waiting to get a game. Want to create that bench strength. Injuries are bound to happen, have to manage workload, so need to build bench strength.
Pandya first took 4 wickets, restricting England to 259 in the third ODI at Old Trafford and followed it up with a valuable 55-ball 71 to help India chase down the target and win the match by 5 wickets to take the ODI series 2-1.