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Hardik Pandya
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Pandya in August 2015
Personal information
Full name Hardik Himanshu Pandya
Born (1993-10-11) 11 October 1993 (age 24)
Surat, Gujarat, India
Nickname Hairy[1]
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm fast-medium
Role All-rounder
Relations Krunal Pandya (brother)
International information
National side
  • India
Test debut (cap 289) 26 July 2017 v Sri Lanka
Last Test 14 June 2018 v Afghanistan
ODI debut (cap 215) 16 October 2016 v New Zealand
Last ODI 16 February 2018 v South Africa
ODI shirt no. 33 (formerly 11)
T20I debut (cap 58) 26 January 2016 v Australia
Last T20I 24 February 2018 v South Africa
T20I shirt no. 33 (formerly 11, 228)
Domestic team information
Years Team
2012/13–present Baroda cricket team
2015–present Mumbai Indians (squad no. 33 (formerly 11,228))
2016–present India A
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 7 38 30 23
Runs scored 368 628 188 1043
Batting average 36.80 29.90 11.75 28.97
100s/50s 1/3 0/4 0/0 1/7
Top score 108 83 31 108
Balls bowled 498 1604 485 2082
Wickets 7 39 26 31
Bowling average 36.71 37.38 24.84 35.90
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 2/27 3/31 3/8 5/61
Catches/stumpings 7/– 16/– 20/– 14/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 25 February 2018

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 fast-medium. He is the younger brother of Krunal Pandya


  • 1 Early years
  • 2 Domestic career
  • 3 International career
    • 3.1 T20Is
    • 3.2 ODI career
    • 3.3 Test career
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early years[edit]

Hardik Pandya was born on 11 October 1993 in Surat, Gujarat. His father Himanshu Pandya ran a small car finance business in Surat. However, he choose to shut down the business and move to Vadodara when Hardik was five. His father made this move in order to facilitate his sons with better cricket training. He enrolled his two sons (Hardik and Krunal) into Kiran More's cricket academy in Vadodara.[2] 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.[3] Hardik studied at the MK High School till ninth grade before dropping out to focus on cricket.[4]

Hardik made steady progress and junior-level cricket and, according to Krunal, "won a lot of matches single-handedly" in club cricket.[2] 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."[5]

Domestic career[edit]

Pandya has been playing for Baroda cricket team since 2013. He played a vital role in Baroda winning the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in the 2013–14 season.

In the 2015 season of the Indian Premier League, he scored a quick fire 21 runs off 8 balls and grabbed three important catches to help Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by six 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.[citation needed]

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 off 31 balls to win the match for his side and earn his second man of the match award in the season.[6] He was also awarded the 'Yes Bank maximum sixes award' for the same match.[7]

In January 2016, he slammed eight sixes during his innings unbeaten 86 to guide Baroda cricket team to a six-wicket win over Vidarbha cricket team in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.[8]

In the 2018 IPL Player Auction, he was retained by the Mumbai Indians for Rs. 11 Crores.[citation needed]

International career[edit]


Pandya made his Twenty20 International debut for India on 27 January 2016 at the age of 22, picking up 2 wickets against Australia.[9] His first Twenty20 International wicket was Chris Lynn. In the second T20I against Sri Lanka cricket team at Ranchi, he batted ahead of Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni and hit 27 off 14 balls before becoming hat-trick victim of Thisara Perera.[10] In Asia Cup 2016, Pandya smashed an 18-ball 31 helping India post 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 best figures of 3 for 8 which restricted Pakistan to 83. In a 2016 World Twenty20 match against Bangladesh on 23 March, Pandya took two crucial wickets in the last three balls of match's final over as India beat Bangladesh by one run.[11]

ODI career[edit]

Pandya made his One Day International (ODI) debut for India against New Zealand on 16 October 2016 at Dharamshala. He became the fourth Indian to be named player of the match on ODI debut after Sandeep Patil, Mohit Sharma and K. L. Rahul.[12] In his first ODI innings as a better, he scored 36 runs from 32 balls. In the group stages of ICC Champions Trophy, Pandya hit three consecutive sixes off Imad Wasim in the same over before rain stopped play. On 18 June 2017, in the final of the Champions Trophy at the Oval, he struck a 43-ball 76 in a losing cause, after coming in with India at 54/5 following a top order collapse. Reaching his half-century in 32 deliveries, he broke Adam Gilchrist's record for the fastest 50 in any ICC competition.[13]

Test career[edit]

Pandya was included in India's Test squad as a batsman for their home series against England in late 2016,[14] but was eventually left out after he injured himself while training in the nets at the PCA Stadium.[15] He was named in the squad that toured Sri Lanka in July 2017 and played his first Test on 26 July in Galle.[16] In the 3rd and the final test match against Sri Lanka at Pallekele, Pandya scored his maiden Test century, and set the record for becoming the first Indian batsman to score a test century just before lunch. He also set the record for scoring the most number of runs in a single over of a test innings for India, scoring 26 runs.[17][18][19] This century was his first century in international cricket.