India all-rounder Hardik Pandya was the best performer in the first T20I against England. Hardik hit a fifty and took 4 wickets as India defeated England by 50 runs to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.
He is the first Indian player to hit a fifty and pick up 4 wickets in a T20I match. The 28-year-old hit 6 fours and a six and dismissed Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, and Sam Curran as England were bowled out for 148, chasing 199.
Hardik has made an impressive return to competitive cricket after missing many games following injury concerns. He led Gujarat Titans to IPL 2022 title in his first stint as a captain and has carried his form to international cricket.
However, Pandya is not taking his success for granted. “I don’t get carried away now. I have learned how to manage things. It was a good day in the first game against England, and I might experience an ordinary outing in the second contest, so keep enjo0ying and do your hard work,” he said.
Hardik credited his wife Natasa Stankovic, brother Krunal Pandya, and sister-in-law Pankuri Sharma for helping him in his life.
‘I love my family as they are very important. There is Krunal, my sister-in-law, and my wife when I am a little confused.”