Hardik Pandya was its best in the first T20I match against England at Southampton. The Indian all-rounder played a crucial role in the victory of the Indian T20I team in the first T20I. Pandya played a knock of 51 runs in 33 balls and picked 4 wickets with the ball.
The Indian team won the 1st T20I against England in a comprehensive manner. England faced a big defeat of 50 runs against the Indian team. Hardik Pandya won the man of the match award for his all-round performance. He was happy with the brilliant comeback he has made in international cricket.
Hardik Pandya while bowling clicked a speed of 146 kmph which is his highest bowling speed in international Cricket. Pandya bowled with a good pace in the first T20I. Hardik revealed that he was very happy seeing the 90.5 MPH. Speaking on the BCCI website, Pandya said:
“I was happier seeing 90.5 MPH on the speedometer than my overall performance. Credit goes to my team – Soham Desai, Harsha.”
Hardik Pandya credited his trainers and physios for helping me regain full fitness. “I did not take a break after the Ireland tour. I only worked on the skills yesterday, but before that it was gym and running. As players, we get credit for our good performance, but I think more credit should go to our trainers, masseurs and physios,” said Hardik Pandya.
From bowling fast ⚡️ to scoring big 👌 and crediting those behind the scenes. 👏 👏
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 8, 2022
“I feel happier now when I hit a four” – Hardik Pandya on change in his approach
Hardik Pandya has played with amazing maturity since the start of IPL 2022. He has tried to play according to the situation. He displayed another instance of it in the first T20I against England where he displayed brilliant game sense. Pandya has definitely grown as a leader in the past few months.
Hardik Pandya said, “I was looking to play risk-free cricket with the bat. After the IPL, I am a little more confident of finding gaps now. If we did not lose early wickets, I would have tried for more sixes. I have smashed sixes all my life, but now I feel happier when I hit a four. It touches my heart.”