India all-rounder Hardik Pandya came up with a record-breaking all-round performance in the first of a 3-match T20I series against England on Thursday in Southampton. Hadik hit a fifty and picked up a 4-wicket haul as India hammered England by 50 runs to go 1-0 up in the 3-match series.
Hardik Pandya became the first Indian cricketer to hit a fifty and pick up 4 wickets in a T20I match as he continued his resurgent run in the ongoing season. The all-rounder hit a six and 6 boundaries and picked up the wickets of Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, and Sam Curran as England were bundled out for 148, chasing 199 at the Ageas Bowl.
Hardik has been one of the most impressive Indian stars in the ongoing season. The Baroda all-rounder, who did not play any competitive match between the T20 World Cup last year and IPL 2022 has made a stunning return to action, seemingly overcoming his back injury issues. Hardik led Gujarat Titans to IPL 2022 glory in his first stint as captain and has carried forward his form in the shortest format of the game.
Hardik achieved a new high in his career when he led India in the 2-match T20I series against Ireland in June.
However, the star all-rounder is not willing to take his purple patch for granted. Having been through several ups and downs early in his career, Hardik said he is aware that hard work is the only constant.
“My mindset doesn’t take me too high, nor low. I have learned to live neutral in life. Today was a good day, tomorrow can be bad but life moves on, so keep laughing and do your hard work.” Hardik said after India’s victory on Thursday.
Hardik credited his family — his wife Natasa Stankovic and brother Krunal Pandya and sister-in-law Pankuri Sharma – for being huge pillars of support in his life, saying that his close ones keep him focused and hep him have clarity.
“Clarity has always been there in my life. Whenever I felt that there is no clarity in my life, I always take time off and try to identify and rectify it. I don’t like things to do in a hurry. Leave batting and bowling, in general life, clarity is important.
“For me, my support system is very strong. My family is very important to me. That also brings clarity. When I am a little confused there is Krunal, my sister-in-law, and my wife is there. Such a strong bonding we share that if I deviate a little they kind of bring me back,” he said.
India will look to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead when they take on England in the 2nd T20I in Birmingham on Saturday, July 9.
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