After taking five for 28 a day earlier to stun England in just 29 deliveries, Pandya’s fourth Test fifty on day three of the match put him in the elite company of just a handful of Indian allrounders who have scored a fifty and taken a five-for in a Test in England.
After taking five for 28 a day earlier to stun England in just 29 deliveries, Pandya’s fourth Test fifty on day three of the match put him in the elite company of just a handful of Indian allrounders who have scored a fifty and taken a five-for in a Test in England.

Hardik Pandya might have had enough of the Kapil Dev comparison but with an all-round performance at Trent Bridge, Nottingham in the third Test against England, Pandya has emulated India’s greatest ever allrounder, Kapil Dev.

After taking five for 28 a day earlier to stun England in just 29 deliveries, Pandya’s fourth Test fifty on day three of the match put him in the elite company of just a handful of Indian allrounders who have scored a fifty and taken a five-for in a Test in England.

Lala Amarnath was the first to achieve the rare feat at Lord’s way back in 1946. In the first Test which England won by 10 wickets, Amarnath was trapped in front by Alec Bedser for 0 but made up for it with a five for 118 in England’s first innings. Then he made 50 in a losing cause.

Four years later, Vinoo Mankad again at Lord’s in 1952, the second match of the series, made 72 opening the batting before taking five for 196 in England’s first innings. Mankad then made a solid 184 in the second innings as England won by eight wickets.

For the third time at Lord’s, Kapil in 1982 in the second Test match of the series first returned five for 125 before making 89 off just 55 deliveries in India’s second innings. Kapil made 41 in the first and then took three wickets in the second. England won by seven wickets.

Then in 2014, Bhuvneshwar Kumar achieved the feat twice. First at Trent Bridge, in the first Test of the series made 58 in the first innings and then picked five for 82. He went on to make 63 in the second innings as the match ended in a draw.

At Lord’s in the second Test, which India won Bhuvneshwar played a key role picking six of 82 in England’s first innings and then made a crucial 52 in India’s second innings.

Pandya has now added his name to that elite list in 2018.