Hardik Himanshu Pandya or as we know him, Hardik Pandya is an Indian cricketer who represents the country in international cricket. On the domestic level, Hardik plays first class cricket for Baroda. In the Indian Premier League, Hardik features for Mumbai Indians.
Table of Contents
- Biography - About Hardik Pandya
- Hardik Pandya - Along the Years
- Awards and Accolades
- The Koffee with Karan Controversy
Biography - About Hardik Pandya
Hardik plays as an All-Rounder. He bats right-handed and bowls right-arm fast-medium. Pandya is widely popular for his aggressive style of batting and his exceptional fielding skills. Pandya loves to take the charge to the bowler.
Hardik's jersey number is 228. It refers to his score against Vadodara in U-16 domestic cricket. Hardik's career has been affected by injuries. According to experts, it is a result of overexertion.
Hardik Pandya - Along the Years
|2013||20||First Class Debut for Baroda|
|2015||22||IPL Debut - Mumbai Indians|
|2019||26||World Cup Debut|
- First Indian to take 4 wickets and score above 30 runs in the same T20I match.
- Fourth Indian to be named player of the match on ODI debut.
- Most runs in a single over of a Test innings for India (26 runs).
- First Indian batsman to score a Test century just before lunch.
Awards and Accolades
- ODI XI of the year 2017 by Cricinfo
Pandya debuted in first class cricket for Baroda in 2013. In 2013–14 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Hardik played a vital role in Baroda victorious campaign. In 2016 finals of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Hardik played an unbeaten knock of 86 to guide Baroda cricket team to a six-wicket win over Vidarbha cricket.
Hardik began his IPL career in 2015 with Mumbai Indians. His all-round performances with the MI franchise earned him a spot in the Indian national team. Hardik's IPL career has been one of the most impressive ones so far. He is known for scoring quick runs in crucial moments.
Also see - Ravindra Jadeja Biography
Hardik Pandya made his Twenty20 International debut for India on 27 January 2016 against Australia cricket team. Pandya played like a true all-rounder, giving performances in all his initial matches, thereby cementing his position in the national T20 side. Hardik is also the first Indian to take 4 wickets and score above 30 runs in the same T20I match.
On 16 October 2016, Pandya made his One Day International (ODI) debut against New Zealand at Dharamsala. Hardik was awarded Man of the Match on his debut. He thus became only the fourth Indian to be named player of the match on ODI debut after Sandeep Patil, Mohit Sharma and K. L. Rahul. Hardik's performances in the 2017 Champions Trophy were lauded by the entire cricketing world. Following his 2017 performances, Hardik was selected in the ODI XI of the year 2017 by Cricinfo.
For his inaugural Test call-up, Pandya was included as a batsman for England's tour of India in late 2016. However he had to miss out because he injured himself while training in the nets at the PCA Stadium. However, he got a second chance after he was named in the Indian cricket squad for the Sri Lanka tour in July 2017.
He made his first Test debut on 26 July in Galle. He scored his maiden Test century in the same series and also became the first Indian batsman to score a Test century just before lunch. He also has the record for scoring the most runs in a single over of a Test innings for India (26 runs) to his name.
Hardik was born on 11 October, 1993 in Surat, Gujarat to Himanshu Pandya and Malini Pandya. Growing up Hardik had do face many difficulties especially in terms of finance. Hardik's elder brother, Krunal Pandya also represents India on the international stage. The two brothers play for Mumbai Indians together in the IPL. The commentators call them 'Pandya Brothers' whenever the two brothers feature in the same match.
The Koffee with Karan Show Controversy
Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul made an appearance on a famous talk show, 'Koffee with Karan'. On the show he made some controversial and sexist remarks for which he was criticized. As a result of his actions, both Pandya and KL Rahul were handed suspensions by BCCI midway between the Australia tour and were called back home to explain themselves. Hardik reasoned that he got carried away with the show.