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Hardik Pandya’s best effort in ODIs

 Hardik Pandya has taken 4 wickets in a match in his one-day international career only once.

 

 Four for almost nothing

 

 He ended up with figures of 4/24 against England in the last ODI of the three-match series between the two countries in the English summer of 2022 to not only help the team to victory but won the player of the series award as well.

 

 Previously, Hardik Pandya had taken 3 wickets while conceding 31 runs against New Zealand in 2016 at the start of his career. Since then, T20 has been the main format in which he has plied his trade for India.

 

 Impressive record

 

 Pandya has featured in a total of 66 one-day internationals but has played a supporting role more often than not. He really came to the fore in the 2019 World Cup, where he used his slower delivery to great effect and did not allow the batters to get away.

 

 He provided exceptional support to the likes of Jaspreet Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami and was the main reason why India made it to the semi-final without any major glitches. 

 

 Pandya has 63 wickets from 66 one-day internationals at an average of 38.69 and an economy rate of 5.5. While there is still room for improvement in the figures, they are not at all bad for an all-rounder.

 

Player of the series

 

 This is what the star Indian all-rounder had to say after he won the player of the series award in the ODI series against England after picking up six wickets from three matches at 12.33.

 

 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 of 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.

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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