India successfully concluded the England series by defeating the hosts in the third one-day international in Manchester, which served as the tour’s last game, by a margin of five wickets. In addition to Rishabh Pant contributing with a game-winning tonne, the match saw Hardik Pandya excel in both areas of the game. Pandya took full advantage of short deliveries after allowing England to bat first and concluded with 4/24 in 7 overs, which is also his career-best ODI performance.

Pandya stepped out to bat with the bat in a difficult situation, with India down to 72/4 and needing to score 260 runs. He and Pant then added a vital 133-run partnership for the fifth wicket, and Pant eventually completed the game undefeated on 125 off 113 balls.

Former India bowler Zaheer Khan was delighted by the poise shown by Pant and Pandya and referred to the innings as “an example” for other hitters in the lineup. “That alliance has been a match-winning alliance. You see, the game has been excellent overall. The ball and bat were competing on an equal footing. There was a lot of pressure because of how England began. What counts is the character they exhibit (Pant and Pandya). You want to set an example for everyone in the lineup by being able to take the pressure, form a partnership, and complete the game, Khan said during a discussion on Cricbuzz.

He also praised Pant for taking on the burden and making sure he stayed to finish the competition in the middle.

He is essentially making a name for himself by promising to “finish the game for you when I am in. This was his first century in ODIs, so this performance will undoubtedly provide him the impetus to continue making it a habit to achieve these types of runs. He has shown this kind of character not just in white-ball cricket but also in Test matches consistently. The ex-cricketer said, “And if that occurs, the middle order firepower will be reinforced much more.