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.
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. 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. Hardik studied at the MK High School till ninth grade before dropping out to focus on cricket.
Hardik made steady progress and junior-level cricket and, according to Krunal, "won a lot of matches single-handedly" in club cricket. 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."
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. He was also awarded the 'Yes Bank maximum sixes award' for the same match.
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.
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 . 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.
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.
|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.|
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