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Hardik Pandya Scored His Maiden T20I Fifty And Fans Can’t Keep Calm

Hardik Pandya is having a sizzling year, and, to think, a few months back, it was plenty gloomy and far away from the rosy of the present. Injuries, form, not bowling, his designated back-up, Venkatesh Iyer, doing well; there were big doubts about his future.

One IPL season and it all changed dramatically. Pandya led the debutant Gujarat Titans to the IPL 2022 title and then stormed back in India’s T20I eleven. With his performances against South Africa and against Ireland, where he even led the country for the first time, he once again showed why he’s rated as currently India’s best seam-bowling all-rounder.

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Hardik Pandya hits maiden T20I fifty

He’s got it to be even better by notching up his maiden T20I fifty, against England in Southampton. Pandya came in to bat at the score of 89/3 at 8.4 overs with India motoring along nicely at above 10 runs an over.

The template for the Indian team under the new regime of Rohit Sharma has been clear, which is to hit out early, remain positive, play attacking shots, up the scoring rate instead of looking to get your eye in first, put pressure on the bowlers.

Sharma led from the front with 24 off 14, followed by blazing 30s from Deepak Hooda and Suryakumar Yadav (both scoring at over 190). It was now his job to carry on the momentum on the platform that had been set. And he did it as expected.

Pandya straightaway took on leg-spinner Matt Parkinson for a couple of fours, showing his mood early on and then treating Livingstone in the same manner while also taking boundaries off seamers Tymal Mills and Sam Curran and was soon rumbling at a strike rate of little less than 200.

England tied Pandya down for a while before he broke that leash with a six to Parkinson and a single on the next ball brought up his first T20I half-century, getting warm applause from the dugout and a huge cheer from the crowd. Pandya, though, couldn’t go much after that as he holed out in the deep, attempting another maximum.

It was a crucial knock as that helped India close in on 200. Netizens on Twitter hailed Pandya for his outstanding innings today.

Here are the tweets lauding Hardik Pandya for his exceptional batting in Southampton:

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Jatin Khandelwal

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