Cricket World Player of the Week - Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya played a massive role in taking India to victory in the third ODI and helped the visitors take the ODI series 2-1 against England.
The all-rounder received the Player of the Series award for his efforts.
Hardik made 100 runs in the ODI series, 71 of which came in the decider. He batted at a strike rate of over 100 with 12 boundaries and was instrumental in India's success.
While his heroics with the bat in the last ODI were commendable, he was even more special with the ball in hand. Despite being an all-rounder, he was as good, if not better than the specialist seam bowlers, picking up 6 wickets from 3 matches at an average of 12.33 and a stunning economy rate of 4.35.
He took his best figures in the series and of his ODI career in the form of 4/24 in the third ODI. Not just that, all of the wickets came at crucial times.
He dismissed Jason Roy to break a threatening partnership with Ben Stokes. Pandya then dismissed his opposite number in Ben Stokes and also stamped his supremacy against his counterpart in white ball cricket, at least on this tour.
He then took the crucial wickets of Jos Buttler and Liam Livingstone, thus helping India to restrict England under 260. If either of the two had batted a bit longer, 300 was very much on the cards. Pandya also struck a brilliant 71 to all but seal the deal.
The all-rounder became only the second player after Pakistan's Mohammed Hafeez to achieve the double of 50 runs and four wickets in the same match in all the three formats.
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