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Hardik Pandya: A Hard-hitting All-rounder

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.

  • Personal Details
  • Current Rankings
  • Career Beginning
  • Career Summary
  • Captaincy Record
  • Bio
    • Early Life
    • Start of Domestic and League Career
    • International Debut
    • ODI and Test Career
    • Talk Show Controversy
    • Recent Times
  • Records and Achievements
  • FAQs

Personal Details

Name Hardik Pandya
Date of Birth 11th October 1993
Birthplace Surat, Gujarat
Height 6 ft
Playing Role All-rounder
Batting Style Right-handed Batsman
Bowling Style Right-arm Fast Medium
Teams Played For India, Baroda, Mumbai, India A, Indian Board’s President XI

Current Rankings

ICC Ranking Test ODI T20
Batting 81 42 -
Bowling 65 82 78
All-rounder 30 13 18

Career Beginning

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

Career Summary

Batting

Format M Runs HS Avg SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct
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

Bowling

Format M Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 3W 5W
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’s Bio

Early Life

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.

Start of Domestic and League Career

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.

International Debut

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.

ODI and Test Career

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.

Talk Show Controversy

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.

Talk Show Controversy

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.

Records and Achievements

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:

International Cricket

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:

  • Jasprit Bumrah’s debut performance during the T20I series against Australia in January 2016 was outstanding, where he picked up 3 wickets in 3.3 overs.
  • He has taken 59 wickets in his T20 international cricket career so far and has an average economy rate of 6.67. His best performance in this format came against Zimbabwe in June 2016, when he picked up 3 wickets while conceding just 11 runs.
  • He has bagged the third-highest number of wickets in his Test debut year at 48 dismissals in nine matches. His best Test performance of 6/27 came against the West Indies in 2019. He has taken 5-wicket hauls in a Test innings five times.
  • Kohli is the fastest Indian cricketer to reach the milestones of 10, 15, 20 and 25 centuries. Moreover, he is the fastest player in the world to reach 35 and 40 ODI centuries.
  • He is the first Asian bowler to take 5 wickets in a Test innings in South Africa, England and Australia during the same calendar year.
  • He was named in ICC ODI Team of the Year (2017, 2018), ICC Test Team of the Year (2018) and ICC Men’s T20I Team of the Decade (2011-20).

League Cricket

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:

  • Jasprit Bumrah’s T20 league performance has been a stellar one. He has taken 109 wickets in 92 matches at an average economy rate of 7.42.
  • He has been part of all the 5 championship runs for Mumbai in the Indian T20 League history.
  • In the 2020 edition, Bumrah was instrumental in Mumbai qualifying for the final. Bumrah delivered a Man of the Match performance in the qualifier against Delhi, with the best figures of 4/14 in the league.

Frequently Asked Questions

In which year did Jasprit Bumrah make his ODI debut?

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.

When did Bumrah debut in Indian T20 League?

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.

Who discovered Bumrah as a bowling talent?

Bumrah was first spotted by the former India coach John Wright, who worked as a talent scout for the Mumbai Indians in 2013.

What is the full name of Jasprit Bumrah?

The full name of Bumrah is Jasprit Jasbir Singh Bumrah.

What is the name of Bumrah’s wife?

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.


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