Hardik Pandya becomes the first Indian player to complete 50 wickets and 500 runs￼
The all-rounder Hardik Pandya became the first Indian men’s player to take 50 wickets and score 500 runs in T20Is while he reached this feat in the third T20I against West Indies, at Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts on Tuesday.
The all-rounder Hardik Pandya became the first Indian men’s player to take 50 wickets and score 500 runs in T20Is. Hardik reached this feat in the third T20I against West Indies, at Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts on Tuesday.
He took Brandon King’s wicket after a fifty-run partnership between him and Kyle Mayers to turn into the 6th India men’s player to take 50 T20I wickets. Earlier in the second T20I, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja had also finished his 50 T20I wickets.
With this accomplishment, Hardik became the eleventh men’s and 30th overall player in the world to accomplish this milestone. Deepti Sharma is another Indian who also achieved this feat, has 65 T20I wickets and 521 runs.
Coming to the match, India defeat the West Indies by seven wickets while Suryakumar Yadav helped his side by playing an outstanding knock of 76 runs and chased down the target with one over to spare and lead 2-1 in the ongoing series.
“Obviously, I have enjoyed bowling whenever I have bowled. I have mentioned it earlier multiple times, that this was the reason that I felt I should take some time off so that my bowling comes in because I have realized that when I bowl, it gives a lot of balance to the side and confidence to the captain. Yes, I used to bowl before, I used to be a filler if someone is not bowling. I can proudly say that now I can bowl four overs as the third or fourth seamer. I can contribute as equally as I do with the bat,”said Hardik in a post-match press conference.
“I am grateful, I have always thought that hard work is the key to you making a comeback. No matter the hardships, you always rise through and you get what you deserve if you do the hard work. The Last World Cup was different, this World Cup will be different. I have always maintained balance in my life, if I do well, I will smile and the same reaction would be there even if I do not do well,”he added.
The fourth T20 game will be played on August 6 at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill, Florida.