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Hardik Pandya Makes IPL History: Joins Elite Club with Rare Feat

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The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been a platform for cricketers from all over the world to showcase their skills and entertain the audience. The league has seen some amazing performances by players over the years, and one such achievement was accomplished by the star all-rounder of Mumbai Indians, Hardik Pandya, during their home encounter against the Rajasthan Royals.

Pandya became the second all-rounder in the history of the IPL to score 2,000 runs and take 50 wickets. He achieved this feat when he scalped the wicket of Rajasthan Royals opener Yashasvi Jaiswal. Pandya reached the milestone in his 86th match in the league, becoming the fastest to achieve the feat among all-rounders.

The first all-rounder to achieve this feat was Ravindra Jadeja of the Chennai Super Kings. Jadeja had achieved this milestone during the IPL 2020 season. With 2,531 runs and 138 wickets, Jadeja is currently the leading all-rounder in the IPL in terms of runs and wickets.

Apart from Jadeja and Pandya, there are only four other players in the IPL who have scored 2,000 runs and taken 50 wickets. These players are Shane Watson, Kieron Pollard, Jacques Kallis, and Andre Russell.

Shane Watson, the former Australian all-rounder, has scored 3,874 runs and taken 92 wickets in the IPL. Watson achieved this milestone in 2013 when he was playing for the Rajasthan Royals.

Kieron Pollard, the West Indian all-rounder, has scored 3,412 runs and taken 69 wickets in the IPL. Pollard achieved this milestone during the IPL 2019 season while playing for the Mumbai Indians.

Jacques Kallis, the former South African all-rounder, scored 2,427 runs and took 65 wickets in the IPL. Kallis achieved this milestone in 2014 while playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Andre Russell, the Jamaican all-rounder, has scored 2,074 runs and taken 92 wickets in the IPL. Russell achieved this milestone in the IPL 2019 season while playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders.

It is worth noting that while all-rounders are a valuable asset to any team in the IPL, achieving the milestone of 2,000 runs and 50 wickets is a testament to the skills and consistency of the player. Pandya’s achievement is an inspiration to young cricketers who aspire to become all-rounders and contribute to their teams in multiple ways.

Players with a double of 2,000 runs and 50 wickets in the IPL

  • Shane Watson (3874 runs, 92 wickets) | 32y, 330 days
  • Kieron Pollard (3412 runs, 69 wickets) | 29y, 332 days
  • Ravindra Jadeja (2531 runs, 138 wickets) | 31y, 301 days
  • Jacques Kallis (2427 runs, 65 wickets) | 37y, 177 days
  • Andre Russell (2074 runs, 92 wickets) | 34y, 15 days
  • Hardik Pandya (2003 runs, 50 wickets) | 29 years, 187 days

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