Cricket is a sport whose fans are found all over the world. Cricket is so popular in India that even five-year-old children know about it. The amount of love this game gets from India is impossible to get from any other country. Today, India's cricket squad is regarded as one of the best in the world. In Indian cricket's history, there have been numerous great players. Today in this article, we will talk about one such player who is the future of Indian cricket. Today we will talk about Hardik Pandya.
Hardik Pandya is a well-known cricket player. He is an Indian cricketer who has represented his country internationally. Aside from that, he also plays for the Baroda Cricket team in domestic cricket. Moreover, Hardik Pandya also plays in IPL and will be seen playing for Gujarat Titans in the 2022 (Indian Premier League) IPL. Also, he will be the captain of this team at the same time.
Hardik Pandya is an all-rounder player. He can do both batting and bowling, and he is also a great fielder. He is a right-handed batsman who prefers to finish the game for his team but can also play in any position if necessary. Hardik Pandya is a right-arm fast-medium bowler.
Very few people know that the full name of the Hardik Pandya is Hardik Himanshu Pandya. He is also known as Hairyand Kung Fu Pandya. On 11 October 1993, Hardik Pandya was born in a middle-class family in Surat city, located in Gujarat, India. In the year 2022, Hardik will be 29 years old.
Hardik Pandya's father's name was Himanshu Pandya, and he used to run a small business of car finance in Surat. When Hardik was five years old, his father closed this business and shifted to Vadodara. His father died in the year 2021 due to cardiac arrest. His mother's name is Nalini Pandya,and she is a housewife.
Hardik Pandya's elder brother's name is Krunal Pandya. Like Hardik Pandya, his elder brother is also an international cricketer. Additionally, he leads the Baroda cricket team. His elder brother Krunal Pandya has always been a strong supporter of his career.
Since childhood, Hardik Pandya has had more interest in cricket than in studies. Not only Hardik Pandya but also Krunal Pandya liked cricket more than studies. Seeing his kids' interest in cricket, his father decided to shift from Surat to Vadodara so that both his sons could get better training in cricket.
You will be surprised to know that Hardik Pandya studied only upto the 9th class. He studied till 9th standard from MK High School, and after that, he put all his efforts and hard work into cricket. Soon after coming to Vadodara, his father started sending both sons to Kiran More's Cricket Academy to get better training.
Hardik Pandya was performing well in club cricket. According to his brother Krunal, he won many matches for his team single-handedly. Moreover, according to his father, until the age of 18, Hardik Pandya was not a fast bowler, but he was a leg-spinner, but he started doing fast bowling due to the training and guidance of his coach Santosh Kumar.
Hardik Pandya became a part of the Baroda cricket team based on his hard work. Since 2013, Pandya has been a part of the Baroda cricket team. He won many matches for the Baroda cricket team on his bowling and batting strength. It wouldn't be wrong to say that Baroda's win of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in the 2013-14 season was due to his outstanding contribution to the team.
If we talk about one of the best innings of Hardik Pandya in his domestic career, then he scored an unbeaten 86 during his innings in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. This ultimately helped the Baroda cricket team beat the Vidarbha cricket team by six wickets.
Indian Premier League Career (IPL)
IPL is the platform that allowed Hardik Pandya to show his full talent to the world. His name was on the list of the 2015 IPL auction due to his excellent domestic performance. The Mumbai Indians signed Hardik Pandya for ten lakh rupees at this auction, and from here, new innings of Hardik started.
He performed very well in this IPL session. He scored 61 off 31 balls against Kolkata Knight Riders and made Mumbai Indians the winner of this match. Also, it was very important for Mumbai Indians to win this match because if Mumbai Indians had not won this match, then Mumbai Indians would have been out from the 2015 IPL session. Hardik Pandya also got the man of the match award for his impeccable performance. This match certainly made Hardik Pandya a superstar overnight. In the IPL in 2022, Hardik Pandya will play for the Gujarat Titans. In addition, he will serve as the team's captain.
Hardik Pandya got a chance to play in international cricket due to his excellent performance in IPL. He made his international debut through a T20 match. Talking about Hardik Pandya's international career, he played his first international match on 27 January 2016against Australia.
Due to his superb performance in T20, he soon got a chance to make his debut in ODI for India. He played his first international ODI match on 16 October 2016against New Zealand. Soon after about a year, he also got a chance to make his debut in an international test match against Sri Lanka on 26 July 2017.
Marriage and children
Hardik Pandya got engaged to his girlfriend, Natasha Stankovic, on 1 January 2020. Natasha Stankovic is a Serbian model, dancer, and actress by profession. Moreover, during the COVID pandemic, Hardik Pandyaand Natasha Stankovicgot married. . Soon, they became parents, and Agastya Pandya, the first child of Hardik Pandyaand Natasha Stankovic, was born on 30 July 2020.
There was a time when Hardik Pandya lived in a rented house, but today he has many bungalows due to his hard work. Whatever he is today, it is only and only because of his efforts and diligence. Hardik Pandya is counted among the best all-rounders in cricket today. He is certainly the future of Indian cricket.