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Hardik Pandya becomes first Indian male player to achieve Big T20I double

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All-rounder Hardik Pandya became the first Indian male player to take 50 wickets and score 500 runs in T20Is. Hardik achieved this feat during the third T20 International against West Indies at Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts on Tuesday. He dismissed Brandon King after a fifty-run opening stand between him and Kyle Meyers to become the sixth India men’s player to take 50 T20I wickets. Earlier in the second T20I, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja had also completed his 50 T20I wickets.

With this achievement, Hardik has become the 11th male and 30th overall player in the world to achieve this feat. The only other Indian to achieve this rare feat in T20Is is Deepti Sharma, who currently has 65 T20I wickets and 521 runs.

Talking about the match, Team India chased down the target of 165 runs with one over remaining and took seven wickets in hand. Suryakumar Yadav was the star for India with his knock of 76 runs to lead the visitors to victory, helping them take a 2-1 lead in the ongoing T20I series.

“Obviously I have enjoyed bowling whenever I have bowled. I have mentioned this many times before, which is why I felt I should take some time out to come my bowling because I have realized That when I bowl gives a lot of balance to the team and gives confidence to the captain. Yes, I used to bowl earlier, I used to be filler if no one is bowling. I can proudly say that now I Can bowl four overs as third or fourth fast bowler. I can contribute as much as I do with the bat,” Hardik said at the post-match press conference.

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“I am grateful, I have always thought that hard work is the key to your comeback. No matter the difficulties, you always move forward and if you work hard you get what you deserve. Last World Cup It was different, this World Cup will be different. I have always maintained balance in my life, if I do well, I will smile and if I do not do well, the same reaction will be there.”

The two teams will now meet for the fourth T20I on August 6 at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill, Florida.

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