IPL franchises were anxious about his lack of T20 match time and he was less attractive because, owing to England's Test series with Pakistan, he would not have been available for the whole season.
He first returned figures of 4 for 38 and then came ahead of MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina to hit an unbeaten 33 off just 14 balls.
With India still needing 48 runs for victory and five overs remaining, Pandya was promoted up the order.
Hardik Pandya played along with Rohit and eased the burden.
Veteran M.S. Dhoni was also at his best behind the stumps, taking five catches and effecting one brilliant run out in the last ball of England's innings to get Jordan's wicket. I've made sure I keep on learning from my mistakes... and with every game, I'm learning something or the other, which is helping my game.
Chasing a decent target of 199 on a small ground, India made a bright start with 21 runs on board after the second over but opener Shikhar Dhawan (5) got out immediately as Jake Ball made a fine diving catch at short fine leg. India reached home with seven wickets and eight balls to spare.
Jordan gave England a ray of hope when things looked dim for the hosts by picking up Kohli's wicket with a sharp catch off his own bowling. Kohli and Rohit's partnership mixed patience and aggression, the two seeing off sole spinner Adil Rashid before hitting the pace bowlers to all sides of the ground.More news: Protesters confront McConnell leaving Kentucky restaurant
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The enigmatic all-rounder did not have much to do with the bat but was the leading wicket-taker for India in the series.
England lost the T20 decider in Bristol by seven wickets as India chased down 199 easily. Just a ball after, Bairstow followed Stokes towards the pavilion.
Rohit Sharma also became the fifth worldwide player to amass 2000 runs in T20I cricket. This was the right-hander's third century in the game's shortest format, making him just the second player to make three tons.
Kohli said: "The comeback from the bowlers was outstanding - I thought they would end up getting 225 or 230, which would have been tough".
'I still think if England are to be successful in Twenty20 cricket Joe Root will play a big and magnificent part in that, ' said Farbrace. The character they showed is something we are really proud of.
Having been taken for 22 runs in his first over - sixth of the innings and last in the powerplay phase - it was a test of Pandya's temperament as well. We applied pressure and pulled the game back. "With the wicket being so good, I knew I just needed to stay there as long as possible".