In its pathetic attempt to score more runs, the Jos Buttler-led squad could only manage 148 before Hardik slashed through the English top order, producing 4-33 from his four overs. At 33-4, England was in danger as Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Pandya suddenly removed the team’s new captain, Jos Buttler, for no reason, along with Liam Livingstone (zero), and Jason Roy (four).

Hardik’s remarkable effort also allowed him to become the first Indian player in Twenty20 International history to score fifty runs and take four wickets. With his uncommon double, he joined Yuvraj Singh, who had scored fifty and taken three wickets in the 2009–2010 series against Sri Lanka.

Before Hardik’s fast fifty, Deepak Hooda (33) and Suryakumar Yadav (39) pummelling the English bowlers. The team’s captain, Rohit Sharma, complimented Hardik for a successful Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign with Gujarat Titans. After recovering from COVID-19, Rohit Sharma was back in the starting lineup. “Ball One performed well. The batters are shown purpose, “Rohit said after the game.

“Hardik did a great job getting ready for the IPL. He wanted to become better at bowling. He joined the game right away, and his diversity was rewarded.

“The batter for England was stopped during the powerplay by the first few bowlers who produced excellent swings with the ball. We kept that in mind while we tossed the dice “He added.

Hardik has suffered through many ailments before settling into the role of Gujarat Titans’ IPL captain. He spoke about making the most of the chances and his incredible return.