Hardik Pandya is enjoying one of the most delicate phases of his cricketing career. Since he returned to action after a thorough rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) earlier this year, he has been on a roll. The leadership role in the IPL 2022 seems to have changed his persona inside out, evident in the back-to-back overseas tours.
He succeeded as an India captain in Ireland with a 2-0 series win. Later, in England, he came up with a stellar show on Sunday to help Men in Blue register their first ODI series win since 2014. The all-rounder showcased a vivid stroke-play, notching up his eighth fifty in the 50-over format in just 43 balls. His crucial knock of 71 runs came after an impactful bowling show that saw his getting his career-best bowling figures in ODIs; 4/24 in 7 overs.
Pandya is ranked five at the moment, lies behind the likes of Mohammad Nabi, Shakib Al Hasan and Glenn Maxwell, and is expected to make up more places as the Asia Cup progresses in the next week.