ENG v IND 2018: Hardik Pandya’s double at Trent Bridge takes him into elite list of all-rounders

India declared their 2nd innings on 352/7 and set England 521 runs to win.

Hardik Pandya achieved the double of a fifer and a fifty in the same match | GettyHardik Pandya, the Indian all-rounder, has finally shut the mouth of his critics after a brilliant performance with both the ball and the bat in the ongoing third Test between India and England at Trent Bridge.

Pandya had first taken his first ever five-wicket haul in Test matches in the first innings of England. Supported wonderfully by Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah, Pandya ran through the England batting lineup to pick up 5 wickets in just 29 balls, to finish with figures of 5/28.

Then when it the time came for him to bat, Pandya wielded his willow to gather as many runs as possible and ended up making 52* in 52 balls by the time Virat Kohli declared, to set England a target of 521 runs to get in two days time.

Lala Amarnath was the first Indian to achieve the double of fifty and fifer in the same TestWith his double of 52* and 5/28, Hardik Pandya has now joined an elite list of Indian all-rounders to achieve the same feat. The list includes the likes of Kapil Dev, Vinoo Mankad, Lala Amarnath and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (twice).

India 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.

Here is the list of Indian all-rounders to score a fifty and take a five-wicket haul in the same Test match:

Lala Amarnath - 50 and 5/118 at Lord's, 1946
Vinoo Mankad - 72 + 184 and 5/196 at Lord's, 1952
Kapil Dev - 89 and 5/125 at Lord's, 1982
Bhuvneshwar Kumar - 58 + 63* and 5/82 at Trent Bridge, 2014
Bhuvneshwar Kumar - 52 and 6/82 at Lord's, 2014
Hardik Pandya - 52* and 5/28 at Trent Bridge, 2018


By Jatin Sharma - 21 Aug, 2018

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