Hardik Pandya Becomes Only the Second Indian Player to Reach a Major Milestone in the IPL.
After playing 111 IPL matches, Hardik Pandya has 2012 runs and 51 wickets under his belt
Hardik Pandya might have ended on the losing side in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 match no. 23, against Rajasthan Royals, but the Gujarat Titans skipper did manage to set an incredible feat on Sunday night. He became just the second Indian all-rounder to register 2000-plus runs and scalp 50 or more wickets in the history of IPL.
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Hardik Pandya achieved this sensational feat during the eighth over of the Gujarat Titans innings. With 16 runs needed to breach the 2000-run mark in IPL, the Gujarat Titans captain came down to bat in the fifth over of the contest at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Pandya reached the 2000-run mark after successfully dealing with Ravichandran Ashwin’s carom ball.
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Hardik Pandya had made his IPL debut in 2015. In his debut IPL game against Royal Challengers Bangalore, the Mumbai Indians all-rounder had walloped a six off just the second delivery he faced. After donning the Mumbai Indians in seven seasons, Pandya joined Gujarat Titans ahead of the IPL 2022 edition. He led the Gujarat Titans side in their maiden IPL season and Pandya could not have asked for a better start to his stint as the captain of a franchise. Gujarat Titans, under Pandya’s able leadership, were crowned IPL champions last year.