Hardik Pandya

Last updated on 26 June 2017

Hardik Himanshu Pandya (born 11 October 1993) is an Indian international cricketer who plays for Baroda in domestic cricket and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He is an all-rounder who bats right-handed and bowls right-arm medium-fast.

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Early years

Hardik Pandya was born on 11 October 1993 in Surat, Gujarat. His father Himanshu Pandya ran a small car finance business in Surat which he shut down and, shifted to Vadodara when Hardik was five, in order to facilitate his sons with better cricket training facilities. He enrolled his two sons (Hardik and Krunal) into Kiran More's cricket academy in Vadodara.[2] Financially weak, the Pandya family lived in a rented apartment in Gorwa, with the brothers using a second-hand car to travel to the cricket ground.[3] Hardik studied at the MK High School till ninth grade before dropping out to focus on cricket.[4]

Hardik made steady progress and junior-level cricket and, according to Krunal, "won a lot of matches single-handedly" in club cricket.[2] In an interview with the Indian Express, Hardik revealed that he was dropped from his state age-group teams due to his "attitude problems." He added that he was "just an expressive child" who does not "like to hide [his] emotions."[5]

Domestic career

Pandya has been playing for Baroda cricket team since 2013. He played a vital role in Baroda winning the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in the 2013–14 season.

In IPL 2015, he scored a quick fire 21 runs of 8 balls and grabbed 3 important catches to help MI beat CSK by 6 wickets and was awarded the man of the match. After the first qualifier against Chennai Super Kings, Sachin Tendulkar called over Hardik and told him that he will play for India in the next 18 months. Within one year he was chosen to play in the Indian squad during 2016 Asia Cup and 2016 ICC World Twenty20.

Later on against Kolkata Knight Riders in a must win situation for Mumbai Indians to remain in the race for the top 4 teams, he scored a quickfire 61 of 31 balls to earn his second man of the match award in the season and won the match for his side.[6] He was also awarded the 'Yes Bank maximum sixes award' for the same match.[7]

In January 2016, he slammed eight sixes during his innings unbeaten 86 to guide Baroda cricket team to a six-wicket win over Vidarbha cricket team in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.[8]

International career

He made his Twenty20 International debut for India on 27 January 2016 at the age of 22, picking up 2 wickets against Australia.[9] His first Twenty20 International wicket was Chris Lynn.

In second T20I against Sri Lanka cricket team at Ranchi, he came ahead of Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni and hit 27 off 14 balls before becoming hat-trick victim of Thisara Perera.[10]

In Asia Cup 2016, he smashed 31 off 18 balls which helped India to a respectable score against Bangladesh. Later on, he also picked up a wicket to secure the win. In the next match against Pakistan he bowled his career best figures of 3 for 8 which restricted Pakistan to 83.


On 23 March 2016, in an 2016 ICC World Twenty20 match against Bangladesh, Pandya took two crucial wickets in the last 3 balls of last over of the match as India beat Bangladesh by one run.[11]

He made his One Day International (ODI) debut for India against New Zealand on 16 October 2016 at Dharamshala and took 3 wickets and helped India to win by 6 wickets and became the fourth Indian to be Man of the Match on ODI debut after Sandeep Patil, Mohit Sharma and K. L. Rahul .[12][13] He received his ODI cap from Kapil Dev, who himself made his test debut on 16 October, year was 1978. He, in his first ODI batting innings scored 36 runs from 32 balls with 3 boundaries.

In November 2016 he was added to India's Test squad for their series against England.[14]Though he got injured while training in the nets at the PCA Stadium and released from the squad.[15]

On 18 June 2017 he became the fastest player to score a half-century in an ICC event's final match by scoring 76 from 43 deliveries, in which his 50 came off 32 balls, before getting run out due to a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja.

International awards

One Day Internationals

Man of the match awards

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1  New Zealand HPCA Stadium, Dharmasala 16 October 2016 7–0–31–3 ; DNB  India won by 6 wickets.[16]

References

  1. ^ "Virat as 'Cheeku', Dhoni as 'Mahi' - The fascinating story behind the nicknames of Indian cricketers". DNA India. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b Mehta, Jigar (25 February 2016). "From unknown game-changer to national team: The six weeks that changed Hardik Pandya's life". Firstpost. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  3. ^ Tere, Tushar (25 May 2017). "Pandya brothers finally build their dream home". The Times of India. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  4. ^ Tere, Tushar (17 January 2015). "'Every individual has different set of talents'". The Times of India. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  5. ^ Sundaresan, Bharat (26 May 2017). "I always dreamt big. I wanted cars…and the only way I could get that was through my sport, says Hardik Pandya". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  6. ^ "List of players sold in IPL 8 auction". Times of India. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  7. ^ "M43: CSK vs MI – Yes Bank Maximum Sixes".
  8. ^ Pandya sixathon secures Baroda victory
  9. ^ "India tour of Australia, 1st T2020I: Australia v India at Adelaide, Jan 26, 2016". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  10. ^ Batting muscle helps India restore parity
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ "New Zealand tour of India, 1st ODI: India v New Zealand at Dharamsala, Oct 16, 2016". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  13. ^ "Pandya's debut three-for sets up India's six-wicket win". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  14. ^ "Rohit, Rahul and Dhawan to miss first two England Tests". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  15. ^ "Injured Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul released from India squad". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  16. ^ "New Zealand in India ODI Series, 2016–17 – 1st ODI match". Retrieved 16 October 2016.

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