Hardik Pandya is the perfect modern-day cricketer. He can strike the ball hard, can take wickets and is super energetic on the field. It is a combination of skills that India has long waited for since the retirement of Kapil Dev.
Having gone through the hard grind of domestic cricket, Pandya shot to fame when he was picked up by the Mumbai franchise before the 2015 season of the Indian T20 League. India will wish that he keeps working on his game and ends the country’s search for a genuine seam-bowling all-rounder.
|Date of Birth||11th October 1993|
|Batting Style||Right-handed Batsman|
|Bowling Style||Right-arm Fast Medium|
|Teams Played For||India, Baroda, Mumbai, India A, Indian Board’s President XI|
|Test Debut||vs. Sri Lanka at Galle, 26 July 2017|
|ODI Debut||vs. New Zealand at Dharamsala, 16 Oct. 2016|
|T20I Debut||vs. Australia at Adelaide, 26 Jan. 2016|
|Indian T20 League Debut||vs. Bangalore at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, 19 April 2015|
|Test||11||532||108 vs. SL||31.29||73.88||1||4||68||12||7|
|ODI||60||1267||92* vs. Aus||34.24||117.31||0||7||90||54||23|
|T20I||48||474||42* vs. Aus||19.75||147.66||0||0||27||30||30|
|IT20L||80||1349||91 vs. Kolkata||29.98||159.27||0||4||86||93||49|
|HS||108 vs. SL||92* vs. Aus||42* vs. Aus||91 vs. Kolkata|
|Test||11||17||5/28 vs. Eng||3.38||31.05||55.1||1||1|
|ODI||60||55||3/31 vs. NZ||5.56||41.21||44.4||0||4|
|T20||48||41||4/38 vs. Eng||8.17||26.68||19.5||3||0|
|IT20L||80||42||3/20 vs. Chennai||9.07||31.26||20.69||3||0|
Hardik Pandya was born on 11th October 1993 in Surat, Gujarat, to Himanshu and Malini Pandya. He has an older brother, Krunal. His father ran a small car finance business in Surat. When Hardik was five years old, his father shut down the business and moved to Vadodara in order to get better cricket training facilities for his sons. He enrolled them at Kiran More's cricket academy in Vadodara. Being financially weak, the Pandya family lived in a rented apartment. Hardik studied at the MK High School until 9th grade before dropping out to focus on cricket.
Hardik made steady progress in junior-level cricket and won a lot of matches almost single-handedly in club cricket. He was a leg spinner until the age of 18, after which he turned to fast bowling at the insistence of the Baroda coach Sanath Kumar.
Hardik made his debut in first-class cricket for Baroda in 2013. He played a vital role in Baroda winning the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (SMAT) in the 2013–14 season, scoring 219 runs and taking 11 wickets in nine matches. He was the leading run scorer in the 2015-16 season of the SMAT, with 377 runs in 10 innings at an average of 53.85 and a strike rate of 130.90. He also took 10 wickets and was the key reason behind Baroda reaching the finals. In January 2016, he hit 8 sixes in his innings of 86 to guide Baroda to a 6-wicket win over the Vidarbha team in the SMAT.
His effective all-round show in the domestic circuit impressed Mumbai and the team bought him for the 2015 edition of the Indian T20 League. In a crucial match against Chennai, he scored a quick-fire 21 runs off 8 balls and grabbed 3 important catches to help Mumbai win by 6 wickets. He was adjudged the Man of the Match for his performance. A few matches later, he hit 61 runs off 31 balls against Kolkata and grabbed the attention of everyone in the cricket world.
On the back of his consistent performances, Pandya was picked for India's tour of Australia in 2015 for the T20I series. Pandya made his T20I debut for India on 27th January 2016 at the age of 22, picking up 2 wickets against Australia. In a T20I against Sri Lanka, he hit 27 off 14 balls and in the Asia Cup 2016, he played a similar innings of 18-ball 31, helping India post a respectable score against Bangladesh. In the next match against Pakistan, he bowled his then best figures of 3 for 8.
He was part of India's World T20 squad in 2016, where he bowled the final over against Bangladesh and successfully defended 2 runs off the final 3 balls. In the third and final T20I against England, Hardik became the first Indian to take 4 wickets and score more than 30 runs in the same match.
Pandya made his ODI debut against New Zealand on 16th October 2016 at Dharamshala. He became the fourth Indian to be adjudged Player of the Match on ODI debut after Sandeep Patil, Mohit Sharma and KL Rahul. He scored 36 runs off 32 balls in his first ODI innings as a batsman. On 18th June 2017, he struck 76 runs off 43 balls in a losing cause in the final of the Champions Trophy at the Oval. He was selected for the ODI XI of the Year 2017 by Cricinfo.
Hardik was named in the Test squad to Sri Lanka in July 2017 and played his first Test on 26th July at Galle. In the third and final Test match at Pallekele, he became the first Indian batsman to score a Test century before lunch on the second day of the match. This century was his maiden century in international cricket. He also holds the record for making most runs (26 runs) in a single over of a Test innings for India. Hardik Pandya was retained by Mumbai in the 2018 auction for an amount of ₹11 crores. Hardik’s performance in the limited-overs format earned him a place in the India's Test squad for the tour of South Africa in 2018. He scored a counter-attacking 93 in the first Test at Cape Town, followed by a 5-wicket haul and a half century in India's only win in the Test series against England. Pandya suffered a severe back injury during the Asia Cup in 2018, which ruled him out of India’s tour of Australia in 2018-19.
Hardik Pandya, along with KL Rahul, made an appearance on a famous Indian talk show called Koffee with Karan. On the show, he made some controversial remarks on women, for which he was heavily criticized and was handed suspension, along with KL Rahul, by the BCCI.
Hardik made his comeback with a point to prove. He showed brilliant form in the 2019 season of the Indian T20 League and was one of the main reasons behind Mumbai's 4th title. With his consistent all-round performance, Pandya cemented his place in the 15-man squad of India for the 2019 World Cup. He performed decently in the tournament. However, India lost to New Zealand in the semi-final.
Hardik has been a match winner for India and the kind of all-rounder the team has always been looking out for. He has had a good start to his career and is expected to play for many more years for the country.
The following are some of his key records and achievements so far:
Jasprit Bumrah’s age is not an issue when it comes to his breaking bowling records. The following list covers his international cricket career high points:
Bumrah’s career took off when John Wright spotted him during the Syed Mushtaq Trophy. The following are some of his great achievements in league cricket:
Bumrah made his ODI debut in the final match of the 5-match series in Australia. It was on 23 Jan. 2016 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Bumrah played in the league for the first time on 4th April 2013. It was against Bangalore at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. He took 3/32 on his debut, and has Virat Kolhi as his first wicket.
Bumrah was first spotted by the former India coach John Wright, who worked as a talent scout for the Mumbai Indians in 2013.
The full name of Bumrah is Jasprit Jasbir Singh Bumrah.
Bumrah married sports presenter Sanjana Ganesan in Goa in March 2021. She is very active on social media and is part of Team Kolkata’s social media team.