Hardik Pandya is an Indian cricketer born on October 11th, 1993, in Choryasi, Gujarat.
The 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 has emerged as a pillar of the Indian team in ODIs, and for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.
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 showed a glimpse of his prowess with the bat.
Hardik Pandya was enrolled into Kiran More Cricket Academy in Vadodara by his father at a tender age. Representing Baroda, Pandya came into spotlight when Baroda were struggling at Wankhede Stadium in the first match of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in the 2013-14 season.
The unknown cricketer changed the course of the match with his blistering unbeaten 82 runs inning off just 57 balls against a bowling line-up that included Zaheer Khan and Dhawal Kulkarni. He was an integral part of the Baroda team that won the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in 2013-14.
Hardik made his T20I debut against Australia on 27 January 2016. With consistent and clutch performances in T20 format, he became a strong contender for the all-rounder slot in ODIs as well. 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 the Indian Test team that toured Sri Lanka in July 2017. In the third and final Test of the series at Pallekele, he scored his maiden Test hundred. This was his first international century.
Rise to Glory
Then Mumbai Indians think-tank and head coach John Wright was in the stands and impressed by the youngster’s heroic performance against Mumbai for Baroda in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Hardik Pandya became a familiar name in Indian Cricket since his outstanding death over execution that rescued India from a embarrassing defeat against Bangladesh in Super 10 match of T20 World Cup 2016 with a ball to spare.
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 praise from the likes of Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar for clutch all-rounder performances.
Hardik is one of the most sought players in Indian Premier League. For the 2018 season of Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians retained him in the team prior to the auction, along with skipper Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah.
Hardik holds multiple records in international cricket. On his one-day internationals debut against New zealand at Dharamsala, 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 fans for years to come. In that knock, he broke Adam Gilchrist’s record of fastest half-century in any ICC competition.