Hardik Pandya Biography

Hardik Himanshu Pandya is an Indian international cricketer who was born on October 11, 1993. He currently competes for the India national cricket team in international competitions and the Baroda cricket team at domestic competitions. He is the current captain of the recently established club Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League (IPL), and he was the one who guided the team to their first-ever IPL championship in the 2022 season. He bats right-handed and bowls right-arm medium-fast, making him a versatile all-rounder in cricket. His older brother, Krunal Pandya, is also a successful cricketer on the international stage.

 

 

Early years

Hardik Pandya was born on October 11th, 1993 in the city of Surat, in the state of Gujarat. When Hardik was five years old, his father, Himanshu Pandya, moved the family to Vadodara in order to offer his kids better cricket training facilities. His father had previously operated a small car finance business in Surat, but he had closed it and moved to Vadodara. He signed up both of his sons to attend the cricket academy run by Kiran More in Vadodara. Due to a lack of financial resources, the Pandya family was forced to reside in a leased flat in Gorwa. In order to get to the cricket stadium, the brothers used a pre-owned vehicle. Before leaving school to concentrate on his cricket career, Hardik completed eight years of schooling at MK High School.

 

According to Krunal, Hardik “won a number of matches single-handedly” when playing club cricket. Hardik also showed steady development while playing cricket at the youth level.

 

Hardik disclosed this information in an interview with the Indian Express. He stated that he was cut from the age-group teams representing his state because of “attitude problems.” He went on to say that he had always been “simply an expressive child” who “did not like to hide his emotions.”

Hardik’s father claims that his son spent his first 18 years of life as a leg spinner, but that he made the transition to fast bowling at the insistence of the Baroda coach Sanath Kumar.

 

Domestic career

Pandya first joined the Baroda cricket squad in 2013, and he has been there ever since. During the 2013–14 season, he was an instrumental part of Baroda’s run to victory in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy competition. During his innings in January 2016, he hit eight sixes and scored 86 runs not out to lead the Baroda cricket team to a victory over the Vidarbha cricket team for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. This victory was achieved by a six-wicket margin.

Pandya was a member of the Mumbai Indians team that competed in the Indian Premier League from 2015 till 2021. It was a must-win situation for the Mumbai Indians to remain in the playoff race, and he scored 61 runs off of 31 balls to win the match for his side, earning him his second man of the match award in the season. The match was won for his side, and he received his second man of the match award in the season.

Pandya was made available for free agency by the Mumbai Indians in advance of the mega auction for the IPL 2022. After that, the Gujarat Titans, a new franchise based in Ahmedabad, selected him in their draft and made him captain of the squad.] He became the first skipper since Shane Warne to lead a team to the title in the competition’s debut year after he guided Gujarat to their first-ever Indian Premier League championship in 2022.

Pandya took two wickets in his first Twenty20 International match for India on January 27, 2016, when he was only 22 years old. The match was played against Australia.

Chris Lynn was the victim of his first wicket in a Twenty20 International. During the second Twenty20 international that was played against the Sri Lankan cricket team in Ranchi, he batted before Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni and scored 27 runs off of 14 balls before falling prey to the hat-trick bowling of Thisara Perera. Pandya blasted a 31 from 18 balls during India’s match against Bangladesh during the 2016 Asia Cup, which helped India achieve a score that was competitive. Later on, he was also responsible for taking a wicket, which ultimately led to the victory. He bowled his greatest numbers against Pakistan in the following match, which resulted in Pakistan being limited to 83 runs. His figures were 3 for 8. Pandya got two key wickets in the last three deliveries of the final over of India’s match against Bangladesh on March 23, 2016, at the World Twenty20. As a result, India edged out Bangladesh by one run to win the match. In the third and final Twenty20 International that he played against England on July 8, 2018, he earned the best bowling figures of his career by taking four wickets for 38 runs. He also scored 33 runs without being out in just 14 balls, striking the winning runs with a six off Michael Jordan. Hardik made history by becoming the first Indian player to ever score more than 30 runs in a Twenty20 international while also taking four wickets in the same game.

Pandya was selected to be a member of India’s team to compete in the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in the month of September 2021.

Pandya, on the other hand, did not have the kind of impact that was anticipated. In India’s game against Pakistan, which they ultimately lost by 10 wickets, he scored 11. His subsequent innings of 23 against New Zealand did not help to further India’s cause in the tournament. As a result of India’s loss to New Zealand, they were eliminated from the World Cup. This occurred despite India’s dominance in victories over less experienced teams such as Afghanistan, Scotland, and Namibia. Pandya was selected to play all of the available positions. In contrast, he only bowled two overs against New Zealand, during which he failed to take any wickets and allowed 17 runs to be scored. Due to his lack of runs and his failure to contribute with the ball, he was left out of the squad for the Twenty20 International series that followed the World Cup, which was played against New Zealand.

Pandya was given the role of captain for India’s Twenty20 International matches against Ireland in June 2022.

Pandya scored 51 runs on 33 balls to earn his maiden T20 international half-century while playing against England at The Rose Bowl pitch in Southampton on July 7, 2022. The match took place against England. Pandya also got four wickets, making him the first Indian player to score a half-century and take four wickets in a single Twenty20 international encounter. Pandya’s performance earned him the title of “first Indian player to record a half-century and take four wickets in a single

 

Pandya played his first One-Day International (ODI) for India on October 16, 2016, against New Zealand in Dharamshala. The match was against New Zealand. After Sandeep Patil, Mohit Sharma, and K. L. Rahul, he became the fourth Indian to be chosen player of the match on their initial One-Day International appearance. After facing 32 balls during his maiden innings as a batsman in an ODI, he scored 36 runs. Pandya smashed Imad Wasim for three consecutive sixes in the same over during the group stages of the ICC Champions Trophy, however, play had to be suspended due to rain at that point. After India’s top order failed them, he came in with the team at 54/5 and hit a 76 off of 43 balls in the final of the Champions Trophy that was held at the Oval in London on June 18, 2017. India ultimately lost the match.

Cricinfo voted him into the One-Day International XI of the Year for 2017. The month of April 2019 saw him given a spot on India’s team to compete in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Pandya participated in his 50th One-Day International (ODI) on June 27, 2019, which was a match against the West Indies.

 

Old Trafford was the scene of Pandya’s ODI career-best performance on July 17, 2022, when he bowled 4-24 against England. He became the first Indian player since Yuvraj Singh in 2011 to make a half-century and capture four wickets in the same one-day international competition thanks to the 71 runs he scored during the second innings of the same match.

Pandya was initially selected to be a part of India’s Test team for their home series against England in late 2016, but he ended up being dropped out of the squad after he sustained an injury as he was practicing in the nets at the PCA Stadium. After being selected for the team that went to Sri Lanka in July 2017, he made his debut in the format of the game on July 26 at Galle. Pandya achieved his first Test century in the third and final test match against Sri Lanka, which took place at Pallekele. He also created a record by becoming the first Indian batsman to register a Test century shortly before lunch, which he accomplished in this match. In addition to that, he established a new record for India by scoring the most runs (26 to be exact) in a single over during an innings of a test match. It was his first century ever scored in an international cricket match.

 

  

Personal life

On January 1, 2020, Pandya announced his engagement to Nataa Stankovi, a Serbian dancer and actress who currently resides in India. On the 30th of July, they welcomed their first child, a daughter named Agastya Pandya.

Pandya was seen celebrating the Mumbai Indians’ triumph at the end of the 2017 Indian Premier League alongside his brother Krunal.

In addition to him, his brother Krunal Pandya has played for India and for the Mumbai Indians.
After suffering a heart arrest, their father, Himanshu Pandya, passed away in January of 2021.

 

 

Controversy

Pandya made some contentious comments during his January 2019 appearance on the show Koffee with Karan, which he shared alongside his colleague K. L. Rahul. These comments were met with quick outrage from the general public. During the interview, Pandya discussed how he had proudly informed his parents of his first sexual encounter, which had been well welcomed by them. Pandya also mentioned that his parents had been supportive of his decision. He went on to compare himself to a black person by saying, “I’m a little from the black side so I need to see how they move.” He went on to proclaim that he enjoys “observing how women move” at high-end bars and nightclubs, as well as on social media. He also stated that he likes to “observe how women move” on social media. The general populace regarded his monologue as impolite, degrading, hostile to women, and humiliating in its whole. Pandya expressed regret for his comments and explained that, because to the nature of the show, he had allowed himself to go carried away.

As a response to the controversy, the Board of Control for Sport in India (BCCI) stated, “It would be considered whether players should even be permitted to appear on such shows which have got nothing to do with cricket.”

The BCCI was not impressed by the apologies and is exploring proper legal action into the case since it constituted a breach of conduct. The BCCI deemed the statements to be extremely crude, misogynistic, and cringeworthy, and they were not impressed by the apology either. Pandya and Rahul have both been suspended until the outcome of an investigation, and they have been called back from the tours that are currently taking place in Australia and New Zealand.] Additionally, as of the 13th of January in 2019, Gillette severed their brand association with Pandya for the Mach3 razor. After Pandya and Rahul’s suspensions were overturned, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) made the announcement on January 24, 2019, that Pandya would be rejoining the team for the upcoming matches in New Zealand.

 

Honours

  • Indian Premier League champion 2022