India vs England, 3rd Test: Hardik Pandya in elite company after rare double

first_imgIndia all-rounder Hardik Pandya has well and truly silenced his critics with an outstanding performance in the ongoing third Test against England at Trent Bridge.Pandya followed up on his first innings five-wicket haul with an unbeaten 52 off as many balls in India’s second innings on Monday.Pandya’s efforts saw him enter an exclusive club of Indian players. He is now only the fifth cricketer to score a fifty and take a five-wicket haul in the same Test match after Lala Amarnath, Vinoo Mankad, Kapil Dev and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.MATCH REPORT | MATCH HIGHLIGHTSIt is also the sixth time an Indian all-rounder has achieved the feat in Test cricket. Pandya had picked up 5 wickets for 28 runs in the first innings in which England got bowled out for 161 runs. It was Pandya’s maiden five-wicket haul in international cricket.I don’t want to be Kapil Dev, says Hardik PandyaPandya’s destructive half-century on Tuesday came after captain Virat Kohli’s 23rd Test hundred which helped India set England a mammoth target of 521 runs to win the Test match.Don’t worry about me: Hardik Pandya hits back at critics after 5 for 28India declared its second innings on 352 for 7 with Kohli top-scoring with 103 while Cheteshwar Pujara made 72 and Pandya remained unbeaten on 52.Trent Bridge Test: Virat Kohli follows up first innings 97 with 23rd hundredKohli’s knock saw him aggregate 200 runs for the second time in this series after the first Test at Birmingham in which he had made 149 and 51.Watch: Virat Kohli blows a kiss to Anushka after 58th international hundredadvertisementThis is the 12th time Kohli has managed to score 200 or more in a Test match which is already an Indian record and fifth-highest overall.In this Test Kohli fell short of his hundred by 3 runs in the first innings but he made up for it by scoring his second 100-plus score in the series.Great to watch Virat Kohli bat from the other end: Cheteshwar PujaraHe also went past 400 runs in the series during his knock. Kohli has amassed 440 runs so far in the series which is the highest from either side.India in England: Virat Kohli joins Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Dravid in elite listNo other Indian captain has scored more runs in a Test series in England than Kohli. Mohammad Azharuddin had managed 426 runs in a three-match series in 1990.Kohli is also the sixth Indian batsman after Sunil Gavaskar, Azahruddin, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Murali Vijay to aggregate over 400 runs in a Test series in England.This was Kohli’s 58th international hundred and sixth of 2018. He scored four centuries in South Africa (three in ODIs and one in Tests) and two in England so far this year. He ultimately fell for 103 to a Chris Woakes inswinger and walked off to a standing ovation from the Trent Bridge crowd.last_img