Hardik Pandya. (Source: BCCI)

Hardik Pandya is an extremely promising and dedicated cricketer who hails from a small town in Gujarat. The wiry young lad was born on 11 October 1993 in Surat, Gujarat. He is an Indian international cricketer who plays for Baroda in the domestic circuit and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. Hardik Pandya is an all-rounder who bats right-handed and bowls right-arm fast-medium.

The lanky all-rounder is the ideal modern-day cricketer who has the ability to strike the ball big, roll his arm over decently and is also expectional in the field. He is simply a combination of skills India has long waited for since the retirement of Kapil Dev. In 2016, things turned around for Hardik Pandya. He was the leading run-scorer in the Syed Mushtaq Ali, finishing with 377 runs in 10 innings. Hardik also picked up ten wickets and was instrumental in Baroda reaching the finals. His effective all-round performance impressed Mumbai, and they bought him in the 2015 edition of the Indian T20 League.

Talking about his international career, he has played 57 ODIs, 48 T20Is and 11 Test matches for India with a combined return of 2173 runs. The 27-year-old has also featured in 80 IPL matches and amassed 1349 runs with an average of 28.86 and strike rate of 154.78. With the ball, he has picked up 155 wickets in his illustrious journey so far.

(As per May 1 2021)