Hardik Pandya

India
Age
October 11, 1993 (28 years)
Role
All Rounder
Birth Place
Choryasi, Gujarat
Batting Style
Right Handed
Nationality
India
Bowling Style
Right-arm medium fast

Hardik Himanshu Pandya is one of the greatest Indian cricket players of our times. The all-rounder is a great striker that bats right-handed, ticking all the right boxes to be called a complete player. Pandya is often considered as the most elegant Indian all-rounder since Kapil Dev, who ruled the international circuit in the 1980-1990s.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
-
-
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Bowling
-
-
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Team played

India, ICC World XI, India A, Mumbai Indians, Baroda

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
63
46
7
1286
92*
32.97
1100
116.91
0
7
93
54
T20I
51
35
9
509
42*
19.58
349
145.85
0
0
29
31
Test
11
18
1
532
108
31.29
720
73.89
1
4
68
12
IPL
74
68
25
1034
61*
24.05
730
141.64
0
3
69
64

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
63
58
2530
2363
57
3/31
5.6
41.46
44.39
0
0
0
T20I
51
45
815
1111
42
4/38
8.18
26.45
19.4
1
0
0
Test
11
19
937
528
17
5/28
3.38
31.06
55.12
0
1
0
IPL
74
44
614
923
28
3/24
9.02
32.96
21.93
0
0
0

Hardik Pandya was born on 11 October 1993 in a small town of Surat, Choryasi, in a Hindu Brahmin family. Hardik Pandya is the youngest child of Himanshu Pandya and Malini Pandya and has an elder brother Krunal Pandya. Soon after Hardik’s birth, the family moved to Baroda to make a living. In his interviews, Pandya has often stated that he had a difficult childhood and cricket was the only thing that kept him going. He left his studies after the 9th standard, pursuing his goal to become a great cricketer.

Beginning of the Career

Being a fast-bowling all-rounder has always been a rare sight in India. That is why Hardik Pandya stood out from the rest of the players. He was noticed in a various age groups tournament when his incredibly fast bowling and great batting caught the attention of several selectors. A live wire at the wicket, Hardik Pandya made people draw a parallel between him and a legendary Indian skipper Kapil Dev.

However, an obvious lack of consistency was a significant issue that kept haunting him and paced down his success. Nevertheless, his natural talent and dedication for the game outweighed any possible doubts of his success and he was soon selected to play for Baroda. He made his domestic debut in 2013 and immediately made a good impression on the audience and cricket experts. In the 2013 – 2014 season, Hardik Pandya took the domestic circuit by storm and played an essential role in Baroda’s great victory. Being a talented all-rounder, he attracted the scouts of the IPL Giants Mumbai Indians and was invited to the team in 2015.

Indian Premier League

Indian cricket teams have always suffered because of the lack of all-rounders. After Kapil Dev, there hasn’t been a single player of the same qualities. For a short period of time, Irfan Pathan was giving some hope to the audience which, though, very soon disappeared. That is why as soon as the fans noticed a fast bowler running up the pitch to make a couple of good deliveries, they couldn’t help but fall in love. Having brilliantly performed for Mumbai Indians, Hardik Pandya got a call to the national team. His elder brother Krunal Pandya also found himself wearing a blue Mumbai jersey and they both were given a famous nickname: ‘Pandya Brothers’.

T20I Career

After impressing the selectors in the IPL, Hardik Pandya received an invitation to the national T20 team. He made his debut on 27 January 2016, playing against the mighty Australians. An impressive performance of Pandya could not have stayed unnoticed. His shot playing skills at the end of the innings combined with amazing bowling abilities made him a perfect all-rounder for the country. He defended two runs in three balls against Bangladesh which turned out to be a career-defining performance for the player. He is the first Indian player to take four wickets and scored 30 runs in the same T20I match.

ODI Career

Hardik Pandya made his One Day International debut nine months after the T20I one. He played his first 50 Over games against the Kiwis at Dharamshala. He starred in his first game and was awarded with the Man of the Match, which made him the fourth Indian player to have won it in the debut game. However, it was his performance in the final of the 2017 Champions Trophy that brought him into the limelight. Hardik Pandya was fiercely fighting the arch-rivals Pakistan. Despite the fact that India lost, his strong effort earned a lot of praise from the entire cricket community. He also was put in World XI of Cricinfo over Ben Stokes, an English all-rounder.

Test Career

Hardik Pandya was called to play Test cricket in 2016. However, he had to miss out on England’s tour to India due to an injury that delayed his test debut. He was again called to the Indian test squad, which was scheduled to tour Sri Lanka in July 2017. He played his first Test match on 26 July in Galle and reached his maiden century in the same series. Hardik Pandya became the first Indian batsman to have achieved a hundred before lunch. Besides, he holds the record for scoring the most runs in a Test match.

Personal life and Controversies

Hardik Pandya faced a lot of controversies when he appeared in a famous talk show, Koffee with Karan. Some of his remarks didn’t sit well with many and he was criticised for a few of his comments. Moreover, he received a ban which made him miss a few weeks on International cricket. Recently, Pandya has been in the news for his secret engagement with Nataša Stanković.

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