15. August 2022

3rd ODI: Hardik proud to fill Bumrah’s shoes in India’s win


Hardik Pandya

was glad to assist fill the “very big shoes” of

Jasprit Bumrah

after starring with each bat and ball throughout India’s series-clinching win over



Back spasms meant strike bowler Bumrah was dominated out of Sunday’s third and deciding one-day worldwide at Old Trafford.

But after substitute Mohammed Siraj rocked England with a double-wicket maiden in his first over, medium-pacer Hardik took an ODI finest 4-24 because the hosts have been dismissed for 259.

Hardik, 28, adopted up with a positive 71 and shared a decisive partnership of 133 in 19 overs with

Rishabh Pant

after India had collapsed to 72-4 in the face of one other positive new-ball spell by Reece Topley.

Victory, accomplished with greater than seven overs to spare, gave India a 2-1 sequence success after they gained the previous Twenty20 marketing campaign in opposition to 50-over world champions England by the identical scoreline.

“It’s always special to contribute in all departments,” participant of the sequence Hardik advised reporters.

While Hardik’s wonderful 55-ball innings, which included 10 fours, ended with India simply shy of victory, Pant noticed them dwelling thanks to an excellent 125 not out — the wicketkeeper’s maiden ODI hundred.

“You always aspire to play like this when your team is in trouble,” mentioned 24-year-old left-hander Pant, who already has 5 Test centuries to his credit score.

Hardik added: “We all know what kind of talent he (Pant) has. When it comes out, it’s very pleasing to the eye — your heartbeat also goes up but at the same time you are in awe of the kind of shots he plays.”

Turning to his bowling, Hardik mentioned: “We knew Jasprit was not going to play this game. He was telling me that I might have to bowl a couple of overs at the death, I said they are ‘very big shoes to fill’.

“I had to step up, not on the loss of life, however in ensuring that in the center overs I bought the breakthroughs.”

This was India’s first international match at Old Trafford following an agonising loss to New Zealand in the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup.

But with India staging next year’s edition, and a Twenty20 World Cup in Australia in October before that, Hardik’s focus was firmly on the future that, for him, starts with an upcoming series in the West Indies.

“The previous is the previous, the Manchester semi-final has handed,” he said.

“You cannot change something and in cricket there is no such thing as a revenge, it doesn’t matter to be sincere. For us it was essential how we go ahead from right here.

“England have been fantastic throughout the last couple of years, everyone found England one of the best teams in the world. To come here and perform and win is more important.”

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England captain Jos Buttler, who top-scored for the hosts with 60, was left to rue lacking an opportunity to stump Pant when his rival gloveman had made 18.

“If you give good players a second chance there’s a good chance they’ll hurt you,” Buttler mentioned. “Rishabh is a fearless player, someone who is great to watch in all formats.”

England start a three-match ODI sequence in opposition to South Africa on Tuesday with Buttler, who solely just lately succeeded retired World Cup-winning skipper Eoin Morgan as captain, optimistic they are going to be higher for his or her India expertise.

“We haven’t played much ODI cricket recently and it’s working out the rhythm again,” he mentioned.

“Our ambition is to be the best team in the world and that means adapting quickly to what’s in front of you.”

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