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Only Indian with 50 & 4-fer in same ODI and T20I

Hardik Pandya became the only Indian to have scored 50 runs and taken a four-wicket haul in the same one-day International and T20 International as he achieved the double twice on the India tour of England in 2022.

 

Double trouble

 

After doing the same in the first T20 International, he repeated the feat in the first one-day international and registered a unique record.

 

He did it just days before achieving the feat in ODI cricket where he first recorded figures of 4 for 24 and then came back to score a valuable 55-ball 71.

 

Hardik Pandya had scored a 50 plus and taken 4 wickets in the first T20 International as well against England.

 

He had previously achieved the same in a test match against England at Nottingham in 2018 when he took 5 wickets while conceding 28 runs and backed it up with a 52-run knock in the second innings.

 

Smart operator

 

When Hardik repeated the feat in the first ODI, he joined Mohammed Hafeez in the unique record.

 

“I only bend my back or only come out and bowl as quick as possible when required,” Hardik said after the game. “If you see a couple of games back, I was bowling 130s, 132s [kph] not because I was not able to do it it was more about that situation. At that time, I felt that that would have been the ideal thing rather than coming and bending the back because they are used to top pace.

 

“Today, the ground had big sides, and I wanted to focus and wanted them to take on the deep square leg player and the fine leg [fielder], and so that’s the reason I kept banging it hard and I was fancying my chances.”

 

Hardik has India covered

 

Team India did not have a great start with the bat while chasing 260 as they lost their important batters early on. Shikhar Dhawan was the first to depart off the third delivery when the score was just 13.

 

Rohit Sharma followed his batting partner, and the score read 21 for 2 after the end of the five overs. Virat Kohli started well but was caught behind once again on the first ball of the 9th over, and Suryakumar Yadav was dismissed off the second delivery of the 17th over, but Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant had India covered.

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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