As the curtain fell on the India v England series on Sunday, Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant were beaming in the 3rd ODI match in Manchester.
Chasing 260 runs, Pant hit his first ODI 100 when he went unbeaten with 125 while partner Pandya deftly backed him up with a well-done 71. 24 limited England to 259 runs.
While Pant will deservedly be in the spotlight due to his century, which he earned by smashing 16 fours and two sixes in his sublime shot at Old Trafford, Hardik’s stubborn punch shouldn’t be lost among the cacophony.
However, Twitter erupted for both men as India sealed the series 2-1, while a plethora of reactions rained down from all corners of the internet.
The legendary Sachin Tendulkar was among the first to congratulate the duo on Twitter, writing: “Congratulations to #TeamIndia on winning the ODI Series. Keep up the good work and continue this form. Special mention to @RishabhPant17 and @hardikpandya7 for a wonderful performance.”
congratulations to #TeamIndia on winning the ODI series. Keep up the good work and continue this form. Special mention to @RishabhPant17 and @hardikpandya7 for a wonderful performance.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 17, 2022
“Looks like the 45 minute talk made sense 😅!! Well played @RishabhPant17 this is how you speed up your inings @hardikpandya7 great to watch,” tweeted Yuvraj Singh, while Suresh Raina said, “Congratulations to #TeamIndia on their incredible fight against England in the last ODI match. Excellent partnership between @RishabhPant17 and @hardikpandya7. Kudos to the whole team.
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 17, 2022
congratulations to #TeamIndia to an incredible fight against England in the last ODI match. Excellent partnership between @RishabhPant17 and @hardikpandya7 . Kudos to the entire team 🇮🇳 #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/bc2q6ks109
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) July 17, 2022
Dinesh Karthik also chimed in with a tweet that read: “Quality knocks @RishabhPant17. In a series decision when it matters most @hardikpandya7 you are one of the best all rounders in the world right now. Period. Great job guys. Well done Team India.”
Great job guys. Well done Team India 💪♥️
— DK (@DineshKarthik) July 17, 2022
Virender Sehwag said: “Last game in a series and @RishabhPant17 plays brilliantly – this is a better love story than Twilight. Incredible innings from an incredible player – with great support from Hardik and Jadeja.”
Last game of a series and @RishabhPant17 Play brilliantly – this is a better love story than Twilight.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 17, 2022
Other tweets praising the duo read as follows:
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 17, 2022
This is one of the best ODI💯 under pressure on English soil from an Indian batter considering the series at stake @RishabhPant17
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) July 17, 2022
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) July 17, 2022
Rishabh Pant has a knack for producing his best innings under pressure. What a time to get your first ODI hundred up. The move to have him in 4th place paid off…
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 17, 2022
Congratulations to Team India on winning the ODI and T20I series in England. @RishabhPant17 come of age @Jaspritbumrah93the consistency @hardikpandya7 in its elements and @ImRo45‘s leadership was outstanding during the white ball games #EngvsInd 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/KlazCSrdMg
— Jay Shah (@JayShah) July 17, 2022
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) July 17, 2022
India will next embark on a tour of the West Indies starting July 22nd where they will play 3 ODIs and 5 T20Is
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