Team India and Mumbai Indians (MI) all-rounder Hardik Pandya turned a year older on on Sunday (October 11). He came into limelight in 2015 of the IPL where he scored a quickfire 21 runs off eight balls and grabbed three important three important catches to help Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings.
As Hardik turns 27 today, we bring to you some of the unknown facts about the Indian team's all-rounder.
Indian cricket team all-rounder Hardik Pandya made his Test debut against Sri Lanka. In his debut Test match, Pandya slammed a memorable and also recorded the highest number of sixes in the Test Cricket which greatly increased in fan following.
He represents the Mumbai Indians in the IPL and has been with the team since 2015.
His Instagram feed is full of pictures which has a few of him flaunting his toned body in Mumbai Indians jersey. Hardik is known for his quirky fashion sense which has grabbed the attention of social media users.
Born in the Choryasi village of Surat in Gujarat in 1993. Speaking of childhood, he spent it in great poverty. His father ran a small business in Surat but shut it down and shifted to Vadodara after noticing his son’s talent in cricket. Hardik was 5-year-old at this time.
His elder brother Krunal Pandya is also an international cricketer.
Hardik and his elder brother Krunal were enrolled at the Kiran More academy in Vadodara when they were 5 and 7 years old respectively. He initially started as a leg spinner but later shifted to medium pace at the insistence of Kiran More.
Hardik and his elder brother Krunal were called 'Maggi brothers' during their childhood as they liked eating Maggi. He failed in the ninth standard and then left education to pursue cricket.
He is the first Indian to take 4 wickets and score 30-plus runs in a single T20I match. He smashed the record against England in 2018.
During an interview to a website, 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'.
Is Hardik Pandya married?
India allrounder Hardik Pandya, on Sunday, dropped a huge surprise for his fans with his latest post on his social media accounts. The star cricketer announced that he and his partner Natasa Stankovic are all set to welcome their first child. He also posted a picture which makes it pretty clear that the couple have tied the knot already.
The photo shows the two of them wearing varmala as they perform a ceremony. Earlier this year, Hardik Pandya had announced his engagement with the Serbian actress on the occasion of New Year. And just like his engagement, he managed to keep the latest news a secret too until the last moment. Hardik Pandya took to Instagram to reveal the big news, writing:
“Natasa and I have had a great journey together and it is just about to get better Together we are excited to welcome a new life into our lives very soon. We’re thrilled for this new phase of our life and seek your blessings and wishes .”
Meanwhile, the allrounder has not played for India since September last year. The 26-year old underwent a successful surgery in October to treat an acute lower-back injury. The back injury was bothering him since the 2018 Asia Cup. In December, he was named in the India A squad for the one-day games in New Zealand.
However, he was later pulled out of the team as he was not match ready. He finally returned to action in DY Patil T20 Tournament in March. He had impressed straightaway by scoring two whirlwind centuries in addition to picking up a five-wicket haul in the tournament.
Later, Hardik Pandya was named in India’s ODI squad for the South Africa series too before the series was called off in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.