Allrounder Hardik Pandya became the first Indian male player to scalp 50 wickets and score 500 runs in T20Is. Hardik achieved this feat on Tuesday during the third T20I against the West Indies, at Warner Park, Basseterre, St. Kitts. He sacked Brandon King after an opening score of 50 runs between him and Kyle Mayers to become the sixth Indian male player to take 50 T20I wickets. Earlier in the second T20I, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja had also completed his 50 T20I wickets.
With this achievement, Hardik became the 11th men’s and 30th overall player in the world to reach this milestone. The only other Indian to have achieved this rare feat in T20Is is Deepti Sharma who currently has 65 T20I wickets and 521 runs.
Leading up to the match, Team India chased the goal of 165 with one left and seven wickets in hand. Suryakumar Yadav was the star for India with his 76 run knockout, taking the visitors to victory and helping them take a 2-1 lead in the ongoing T20I series.
“Obviously I’ve always enjoyed bowling when I’ve bowled. I’ve mentioned it several times before, that’s why I felt I needed to take some time off so my bowling kicks in, because I realized that when I bowl it gives a lot of balance to the side and confidence to the captain Yes I used to bowl I used to be a filler when someone wasn’t bowling I can proudly say I can now bowl four overs if third or fourth Seamer. I can contribute as well as with the bat,” Hardik said at a press conference after the game.
“I’m thankful, I’ve always thought that hard work is the key to making a comeback. No matter the hardship, you always get through it and you get what you deserve, if you do the hard work. Last World Cup was different “, this World Cup will be different. I have always kept the balance in my life, if I do it right I will smile and the same reaction would be there even if I don’t do it right,” he added.
Both teams will now compete for the fourth T20I on August 6 at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill, Florida.
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