Hardik Pandya aka Hardik Himanshu Pandya is an Indian cricketer who plays the role of an all-rounder for India cricket team. He is a right-hand batsman and right-arm medium-fast bowler.
He belongs to a Hindu family and was born on 11 October 1993 in Choryasi, Surat, Gujarat, India. He is fondly call as Harry and Rockstar. His father, Himanshu Pandya is a businessman and his mother, Nalini Pandya is a homemaker. His elder brother, Krunal Pandya is also an Indian cricketer.
Earlier, he had an affair with model, Lisha Sharma.
After that, Hardik was dating actress, Elli AvrRam.
Currently, there was a rumoured that he is dating actress, Esha Gupta.
He studied till ninth standard from M K High School in Vadodara, Gujarat.
When Hardik was a child, his father took him to watch cricket matches in Vadodara as his father is a cricket lover. Since then, he begin to take interest in it. After watching his interest, his family shifted from Choryasi to Gorwa when he was just five years old where Hardik and his brother, Krunal was enrolled in Kiran More International Academy in Vadodara. As his family suffered from financial problems, he didn’t pay fee for the first three years in that academy.
Initially, he used to play as a leg-spinner. During one of the local league matches in Vadodara, there was shortage of a fast bowler for the Kiran More International Academy’s team after which Kiran More asked him for taking the responsibility of a fast bowler and he immediately accepted it. In that match, he picked 7 wickets and switched from leg-spinner to medium-fast bowler.
On 17 March 2013, he played his first T20 match for Baroda against Mumbai at Ahmedabad in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. In the same year, he made his first-class debut for Baroda against Madhya Pradesh at Vadodara in Ranji Trophy. On 8 November 2014, he played his first List A match for Baroda against Gujarat at Ahmedabad in Vijay Hazare Trophy.
In 2015, Mumbai Indians bought him at a base price of Rs. 10 lakhs for the Indian Premier League (IPL).
On 26 January 2016, Hardik Pandya played his first international T20 match for India against Australia at Adelaide in which he picked two wickets. In the same year, he made his ODI debut for India against New Zealand at Dharamshala in which he picked three wickets. He has also played in international test matches and played his first match on 26 July 2017 for India against Sri Lanka at Galle.
In 2018, he was bought by Mumbai Indians at a price of Rs. 1 crore for IPL. Before that, he also represented Mumbai Indians in 2016 and 2017. In April 2019, he got selected for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
In 2019, during his appearance with KL Rahul in Karan Johar’s talk show, Koffee with Karan, his sexist comments turned controversy after which he apologized for the same.
Cricketer: MS Dhoni
His Jersey number is 228.
Hardik Pandya has appeared on several magazine covers like The Man, Maxim India, etc.
He had a crush on Bollywood celebrity, Deepika Padukone.