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Hardik Pandya

Full NameHardik Himanshu Pandya

BornOctober 11, 1993

Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)

NationalityIndia

RoleAll-rounder, Right-handed Batsman, Right-arm fast-medium Bowler

Relation(s)Krunal Pandya (Brother), Himanshu Pandya (Father)

Hardik Pandya Biography


Hardik Pandya is an Indian Cricketer born on October 11th 1993 in Choryasi, Gujarat.


Born in Choryasi village of district Surat in Gujarat, Hardik Pandya hails from a humble background. “Indian Premier League breed” right-handed all-rounder represents Indian Cricket team internationally in all formats of the game. Renowned for his confidence, ability to soak up pressure under toughest of conditions, and clean-hitting of the ball, Hardik Pandya has emerged as a pillar of Indian Cricket team in One-day internationals, and Mumbai Indians in Indian Premier League alike.


Hardik Pandya’s 76 runs off 46 deliveries in a losing cause after the top order collapsed in the final of 2017 ICC Champions Trophy at Oval against Pakistan shown glimpse of Indian cricket legend and 1983 World Cup hero Kapil Dev.


Background


Hardik Pandya was enrolled into Kiran More Cricket Academy Vadodara by his father Himanshu Pandya at the tender age. He represents Baroda at the domestic level since 2012-13 season, and came into spotlight when Baroda were struggling at Wankhede stadium in the first match of Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy. The unknown game changer who changed the course of the match with his blistering unbeaten 82 runs inning off just 57 balls against the scathing bowling line-up of Zaheer Khan, Dhawal Kulkarni etc. He was integral part of the Baroda team that won Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy in 2013-14.


Debut


Hardik Pandya made his T20 international debut against Australia on 27 January 2016. With consistent and clutch performances in T20 format helped him become a strong contender for all-rounder slot in One-day internationals. Later on, he was selected for New Zealand’s tour of India and made his debut at Dharamshala on 16 October 2016. He was named Man of the Match on his debut.


Hardik Pandya was selected for Indian Test Cricket team that toured Sri Lanka in July 2017, in third and final Test of the series at Galle he scored his maiden Test hundred. This was his first international century in any format of the game.


Rise to Glory


Then Mumbai Indians think-tank and head coach John Wright was into the stands and severely impressed by the youngster’s heroic performance Mumbai for Baroda in Mushtaq Syed Ali trophy. His heroic performances in Mumbai Indians’ IPL triumph in debut season caught the eye of Indian Cricket team selectors. His versatility to play aggressively and soak up the pressure if the situation demands; helped him solidify his place in Indian Cricket team.


Hardik Pandya became a familiar name in Indian Cricket since his outstanding death over execution that rescued India from an embarrassing defeat against Bangladesh in Super 10 match of T20 World Cup 2016 with a ball to spare.


IPL Career


Not to mention he was signed by Mumbai Indians in 2015 season for the base price of 10 lakhs. In his debut season in Indian Premier League he received praises from the likes of Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar for clutch all-rounder performances.


Hardik Pandya is one of the most sought players in Indian Premier League. For 2018 season of Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians retained him in the team among the three players including the skipper Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah.


Records


Hardik holds multiple records in international cricket. On his one-day internationals debut against New Zealand at Dharamshala, he became 4th Indian ever to win Man of the match award on debut. His blistering performance against arch rivals Pakistan will be remembered by Indian Cricket fans for years to come, in same inning he broke Adam Gilchrist’s record of fastest half-century in any ICC competition.

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