England vs India: Want to capitalise on opportunities, says Hardik Pandya after stunning all-round show

ENG vs IND, 1st T20I: Hardik Pandya won the Player of the Match award after he scored 51 runs and picked up four wickets for the Men in Blue at the Rose Bowl.

Hardik Pandya of India. Courtesy: AP

Hardik Pandya of India. Courtesy: AP

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hardik Pandya won the Player of the Match award in the 1st T200I
  • India beat England by 50 runs at the Rose Bowl
  • Hardik picked up 4 wickets and scored 51 runs

All-rounder Hardik Pandya said that he is in a better place with his cricket after he got a break from international cricket earlier this year. On Thursday, July 7, Pandya became the Player of the Match after India won the match by 50 runs in the first T20I against England at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.

Pandya scored his maiden T20 half-century off 30 balls, after which he picked up a four-wicket haul, helping India take a crucial 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

“The last time I played a T20 in England, I think I took 4 wickets and scored some 30. So I kind of knew I was the first Indian to score fifty and take 4 wickets. I am enjoying my cricket right now,” Pandya was quoted as saying in the post-match presentation ceremony.

Pandya, who also won the POTM award for the Gujarat Titans in the IPL 2022 final, reckoned that one should be fit enough to put in 100 percent on the field.

“For me, a lot of time goes into the preparation to get my body ready. The kind of break I took before this run of play, I want to capitalize on the opportunities. I felt I needed that break. It is about giving your 100% and when you don’t do that, there is no point playing. So I needed that break and now I am happy to be in this place right now,” he added.

Pandya was dropped from the T20 team after he couldn’t perform to expectations in the T20 World Cup 2021 in Oman and the UAE. However, a stellar run in the IPL helped him make a comeback for the Men in Blue in the limited-overs formats.

The second T20I of the three-match series will take place on Saturday, July 9 at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

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