Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya acknowledges the crowd after maiden five-wicket haul (Getty Images)

Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant made headlines on the second day’s play of the third Test between India and England at Trent Bridge. Both recorded a maiden five-for.

While Pandya claimed 5/28 – his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket, Pant became the first India wicketkeeper to claim five dismissals in his maiden innings. Their combined show has put up India in control of the Test as they aim to keep the five-match series alive, which the visitors currently trail 0-2.

England capitulated to be 161-all out in one session as India took 168-run lead. The batsmen then continued the good work and India are now heading towards a big lead, having already extended it to 292 runs at the close of play on Sunday.

The allround show has drawn praises. Sachin Tendulkar has congratulated both Pandya and Pant for their ’5 wicket hauls’ and urged India to go for the kill with three day’s still to go in the Test.

“Fantastic cricket, both in front and behind the wickets. Congratulations @hardikpandya7 and @RishabPant777 on your respective 5 wicket hauls! Let’s nip this in the bud now.” Tendulkar posted on his Twitter handle on Sunday.

Another former India batsman VVS Laxman also praised Pandya, terming his effort with the ball as brilliant. “Wonderful effort by India to bowl out England in this extended 2nd session. Brilliant stuff from Pandya and the rest of bowlers for the probing lines and 168 is a very significant lead. Hope the batsman now capitalise and we have the match firmly in our control,” Laxman wrote on his official handle.

India offspinner Harbhajan Singh, who had earlier called for removing allrounder’s tag from Pandya, was also impressed with his deadly spell. “Great spell @hardikpandya7 first 5 wicket haul in test cricket.. wish you many more.. Go india,” he posted.

The elder brother Krunal Pandya found himself at loss of words. “You keep getting better day by day and I keep running out of words to praise you day by day. Well done, Bhai!!!,” he wrote.