Hardik Himanshu Pandya (born 11 October 1993) is an Indian international cricketer who is the current vice-captain of the Indian cricket team in limited overs. Pandya is an all-rounder who has represented India in all three forms. He bats right-handed and bowls right-arm fast-medium. He also participates in domestic cricket for the Baroda cricket team and captains the Gujarat Titans, a newly established team in the Indian Premier League (IPL), which he guided to their first IPL championship in 2022. Cricket player Krunal Pandya is his older sibling.
Hardik Pandya was born on 11 October 1993 in Surat, Gujarat. When Hardik was five years old, his father, Himanshu Pandya, closed his modest car finance company in Surat and relocated to Vadodara to give his sons access to better cricket training facilities. In Vadodara, Himanshu Pandya held a position as a loan agent. He enrolled his two sons at the Vadodara cricket academy run by Kiran More. The Pandya family, who was poor, resided in a leased apartment in Gorwa, with the boys travelling to the cricket field in a used automobile.
Hardik attended the MK High School until the ninth grade, at which point he quit to concentrate on cricket. In club cricket, Krunal claimed that Hardik “won a lot of matches single-handedly” and made consistent development in junior-level cricket. [needs non-primary source]Hardik explained that his “attitude problems” led to his removal from his state age-group teams in an interview with the Indian Express. He went on to say that he was “just an expressive child” and that he did not “like to hide his emotions.”
Hardik’s father claims that up until the age of 18, he bowled as a leg spinner before switching to fast bowling at the urging of Baroda coach Sanath Kumar.[needs non-primary source]
|Hardik Himanshu Pandya
|11 October 1993 Choryasi, Surat, Gujarat, India
|Himanshu Pandya , Nalini Pandya
|Mk High Schoo
Since 2013, Pandya has competed for the Baroda cricket team. Pandya was a key contributor to Baroda’s 2013–14 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy victory. He scored 86 runs not out during his innings in January 2016 to lead the Baroda cricket team to a six-wicket victory over the Vidarbha cricket team in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match. He hit eight sixes during that period.
Indian Premier League
From 2015 to 2021, Pandya participated in the IPL with the Mumbai Indians. He struck 61 runs off 31 balls to help Mumbai Indians defeat Kolkata Knight Riders in a game they had to win to stay in the playoff hunt, giving him his team’s second man of the match award of the year.
The Mumbai Indians released Pandya prior to the IPL 2022 mega auction. In 2022, he captained Gujarat to their first IPL championship, making him the first captain since Shane Warne to do so.
At the age of 22, Pandya made his Twenty20 International debut for India on January 27, 2016, taking 2 wickets against Australia. Chris Lynn was the victim of his first t20 international wicket. He batted ahead of Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni in the second T20I match in Ranchi against the Sri Lanka cricket team, scoring 27 runs off 14 balls before falling to Thisara Perera three times. Pandya scored 31 runs off 18 balls to help India defeat Bangladesh at the 2016 Asia Cup. Later on, he added a wicket to seal the victory. He bowled his best statistics of 3 for 8 in the following match against Pakistan, holding Pakistan to 83 runs. Pandya got two significant wickets in the final three balls of the game’s final over on March 23 against Bangladesh in a 2016 World Twenty20 match, helping India defeat Bangladesh by one run.
In the third and final Twenty20 International against England on July 8, 2018, he got 33 Not Out in 14 balls and bowled his best bowling stats of 4 for 38, scoring the game-winning runs with a six off Jordan.
Pandya was selected for the Indian team to compete in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in September 2021. Pandya did not, however, have the impact that was anticipated. India lost by 10 wickets against Pakistan despite his 11-run performance.Losing to New Zealand meant India was eliminated from the World Cup.
Pandya was selected as India’s captain for their T20 International matches against Ireland in June 2022.
In January 2020, Pandya became engaged to Serbian actress and dancer Nataa Stankovi, who currently resides in India. Agastya Pandya, their first child, was born in July 2020.Krunal Pandya, his brother, has also represented both India and the Mumbai Indians. In January 2021, their father Himanshu Pandya passed away from a heart arrest.