Hardik Pandya Creates History: First Indian with 300+ Runs and 20+ Wickets in T20 World Cups

Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya etched his name in the history books of the T20 World Cup on Saturday during the Super Eights match against Bangladesh. Pandya’s all-around performance not only propelled India to a strong total but also made him the first Indian cricketer to achieve a remarkable feat – surpassing both 300 runs and 20 wickets in the prestigious tournament.

Dominating with Bat and Ball

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Playing on a batting-friendly pitch, Pandya displayed a much-needed return to form. His blistering knock of 50 runs off just 27 balls, laced with four boundaries and three sixes, took the bowling attack by storm. His aggressive batting, with a strike rate of a staggering 185.19, was a crucial factor in India reaching a competitive total of 196/5. While his batting heroics stole the spotlight, Pandya also chipped in with a vital wicket, dismissing Bangladesh’s wicketkeeper-batsman Litton Das.

Throughout his T20 World Cup career, Pandya has consistently displayed his all-round prowess. He now boasts a commendable record of 302 runs in 21 matches, averaging 27.45 with a strike rate of 137.89. His batting has included two well-constructed fifties, with a top score of 63. With the ball in hand, he has proven equally valuable, claiming 21 wickets across his 21 appearances. His best bowling figures of 3/27 showcase his ability to take crucial wickets at critical moments.

Pandya’s achievement places him amongst some of the T20 World Cup’s greatest all-rounders. Cricket legends like Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi (546 runs & 39 wickets), Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan (853 runs & 50 wickets), West Indies’ Dwayne Bravo (530 runs & 27 wickets), and Australia’s Shane Watson (537 runs & 22 wickets) have also accomplished this impressive double.

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India’s Match Outlook

Looking at the broader context of the match, Bangladesh opted to field first after winning the toss. Despite a promising opening stand of 39 runs between Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, India faced a mini-collapse, losing three quick wickets. However, a valiant fightback from Rishabh Pant (36), Shivam Dube (34), and Hardik Pandya (50*) ensured India posted a challenging total of 196/5. 

With Bangladesh needing 197 runs for victory, Indian bowlers, led by Kuldeep Yadav (3/19) and Jasprit Bumrah (2/13), were able to restrict Bangladesh to 146 for the loss of 8 wickets in 20 overs, eventually ensuring a victory by 50 runs that propelled India to the top of the points table in Group 1. 

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Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya etched his name in the history books of the T20 World Cup on Saturday during the Super Eights match against Bangladesh. Pandya's all-around performance not only propelled India to a strong total but also made him the first Indian cricketer to achieve a remarkable feat - surpassing both 300 runs and 20 wickets in the prestigious tournament.

Dominating with Bat and Ball

Playing on a batting-friendly pitch, Pandya displayed a much-needed return to form. His blistering knock of 50 runs off just 27 balls, laced with four boundaries and three sixes, took the bowling attack by storm. His aggressive batting, with a strike rate of a staggering 185.19, was a crucial factor in India reaching a competitive total of 196/5. While his batting heroics stole the spotlight, Pandya also chipped in with a vital wicket, dismissing Bangladesh's wicketkeeper-batsman Litton Das.

Throughout his T20 World Cup career, Pandya has consistently displayed his all-round prowess. He now boasts a commendable record of 302 runs in 21 matches, averaging 27.45 with a strike rate of 137.89. His batting has included two well-constructed fifties, with a top score of 63. With the ball in hand, he has proven equally valuable, claiming 21 wickets across his 21 appearances. His best bowling figures of 3/27 showcase his ability to take crucial wickets at critical moments.

Pandya's achievement places him amongst some of the T20 World Cup's greatest all-rounders. Cricket legends like Pakistan's Shahid Afridi (546 runs & 39 wickets), Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan (853 runs & 50 wickets), West Indies' Dwayne Bravo (530 runs & 27 wickets), and Australia's Shane Watson (537 runs & 22 wickets) have also accomplished this impressive double.

India's Match Outlook

Looking at the broader context of the match, Bangladesh opted to field first after winning the toss. Despite a promising opening stand of 39 runs between Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, India faced a mini-collapse, losing three quick wickets. However, a valiant fightback from Rishabh Pant (36), Shivam Dube (34), and Hardik Pandya (50*) ensured India posted a challenging total of 196/5. 

With Bangladesh needing 197 runs for victory, Indian bowlers, led by Kuldeep Yadav (3/19) and Jasprit Bumrah (2/13), were able to restrict Bangladesh to 146 for the loss of 8 wickets in 20 overs, eventually ensuring a victory by 50 runs that propelled India to the top of the points table in Group 1. 

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