Hardik Pandya Biography | Family | Career | Controversy

Hardik Himanshu Pandya aka Hardik Pandya is an Indian international cricketer who represents the Indian Cricket team. He is a right-arm fast-medium bowler and right-hand batsman. He is considered as one of the best all-rounders.

Hardik Pandya also plays first class cricket for Baroda. He used to play in the Indian Premier League, representing Mumbai Indians. He was drafted by the captains the new franchise Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and led them to their maiden IPL title in the 2022.

So today, let us have a profound and detailed look into Hardik Pandya Life.

Hardik Pandya Biography

Family Background:

Hardik Pandya Biography
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Hardik Pandya was born on 11 October 1993 in Surat, Gujarat. He is one of the best all-rounders of Cricket. He was born to Himanshu Pandya and Nalini Pandya. His father Himanshu Pandya owned a Car Finance business in Surat. His father, later shifted to Vadodara to provide better cricket training facilities. Growing up Hardik had do face several difficulties in life. Hardik also has an Elder brother, Krunal Pandya who also represents India on an international cricketer. The two brothers used to play for Mumbai Indians together in the IPL before moving to different teams.

Hardik Pandya was very close to his Father Himanshu Pandya, who sadly passed away on 16 June 2021 after suffering a cardiac arrest in Vadodara, Gujarat.

The commentators address both the brothers as ‘Pandya Brothers’ whenever the two brothers feature in the same match.

Hardik Pandya is nicknamed as, “The Rockstar” or “West Indian Guy from Baroda” which all of his team India players call him due to his style and swag.

Journey: Hardik Pandya Biography

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Hardik’s Cricketing Journey began after his father Himanshu Pandya, enrolled both of his sons Hardik and Krunal Pandya into former Indian Cricketer Kiran More’s cricket academy in Vadodara. Due to financial reasons, the Pandya family lived in a rented apartment in Gorwa. The brothers used to go to training in a second-hand car to travel to the cricket ground.

Hardik studied at the MK High School until ninth grade before dropping out to focus on cricket. His father was very supportive of his every decision and his mother, Nirmala also supported Hardik.

In an interview with Indian Express, Hardik revealed that he was constantly dropped off his state age group team due to attitude problems. Later, he said that it’s just his way of expressing himself as he doesn’t likes to hide his feelings on and off the field. He’s very vocal about his feelings.

Hardik Pandya started as an All-Rounder at first. He’s a right-handed batsman and started bowling right-arm off break. He changed his bowling from off spin to medium-fast bowling on his coach’s advice Kiran More.

Hardik Pandya is widely popular for his aggressive style of batting and his exceptional fielding skills. He is known for his raw and brute strength. He is well for his swag both on and off the field.

Hardik Pandya jersey number is 228. It refers to his score which he scored against Vadodara in the U-16 domestic cricket. Most of Hardik’s career has been affected by injuries. According to experts, it is due to over-exercising of muscles.


Domestic Cricket:


Hardik Himanshu Pandya debuted in first-class cricket by playing for Baroda in 2013againt Madhya Pradesh. He made only 1 and 3 in both the innings of the match. However, Pandya showed his skill with his bowling when he took 3 wickets by just giving 11 runs.

In the 2013–14 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Hardik played a vital role in Baroda successful campaign.

Hardik Pandya made his List A Debut for Baroda against Gujrat in Vijay Hazare Trophy on 8 November 2014. He scored 69 runs of 61 balls with a strike rate of 113.1.

In the 2016 finals of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Hardik Pandya played an unbeaten knock of 86 to guide Baroda cricket team to a six-wicket win over Vidarbha cricket. Pandya smashed eight sixes in his 86-run knock.

IPL Career:

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Hardik Pandy began his IPL journey in 2015 as he was bought by The Mumbai Indians for 10 Lakhs.

He played an integral role for Mumbai Indians and helped them in winning four IPL Trophies. Before moving to Gujrat Titans in the 2022 Mega-Auction. He quickly became the backbone of the Mumbai Indians. His all-around performances with the Mumbai Indians earned him a place in the Indian national cricket team.

Hardik Pandya played one of the best knocks of his career against the Kolkata Knight Riders, in a must-win situation for the Mumbai Indians to remain in the playoff, he smashed 61 runs off 31 balls as Mumbai went on to win the match. It earned him his second man of the match award of the season. He also received applause from many greats like Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting.

Hardik Pandya played one of the memorable knocks in the IPL, when Mumbai Indians played against Chennai Super Kings, Pandya scored 21 off just 8 balls. He also took three important catches in the match, helping Mumbai Indians win the match. He earned his first man of the match.

Hardik Pandya IPL career has been one of the highlights of his cricketing career.

He is known for scoring quick runs in crucial moments.

Thanks to his spectacular performances, Hardik Pandya was retained by the Mumbai Indians for a massive amount of 11 crores in the 2018 IPL auction.

Due to his amazing performances in the Indian Premier League, he earned himself a spot on the Indian Team to play International Cricket.

International Career:

T20I Career:

Hardik Pandya made his Twenty20 International debut for India on 27 January 2016 against Australia in Adelaide. Hardik had a rough start to the match as he bowled 5 wide balls in his first international over and consumed 19 runs. However, he came back stronger as Pandya took two wickets by only giving 18 runs in his last 3 overs.

Hardik gave one of his most memorable performances for the Indian Cricket team. As India beat Bangladesh in the 2016 Asia Cup where Pandya bowled the last over and defended just 2 runs off 3 balls and won the match.

ODI Career:

Hardik Pandya of India during the 1st T20I match between India and South Africa held at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi on the 9th June 2022Photo by Deepak Malik/ Sportzpics for BCCI

Due to his spectacular and eye-catching performances, Hardik Pandya earned a spot on the Indian ODI Team as well.

On 16 October 2016, Hardik Pandya made his One Day International (ODI) debut against New Zealand at Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh. He smashed 36 runs of 34 balls in his first ODI innings. Hardik was awarded Man of the Match on his debut.

By doing so, Hardik Pandya became only the fourth Indian to be named player of the match on their ODI debut after Sandeep Patil, Mohit Sharma, and K. L. Rahul. Hardik’s performances in the 2017 Champions Trophy were applauded by the entire cricketing world. His spectacular performance against arch-rivals Pakistan in the finals. It is of the knocks to be remembered for years to come. Pandya hit three consecutive sixes to Imad Wasim before the rain came on.

Hardik Pandya rose as a batsman in a series against England in 2017.

Following his 2017 performances, the Indian Batsman was selected in the ODI XI of the year 2017.

Hardik Pandya was also a part of the 2019 World Cup squad, they managed to reach till the semi-finals of the tournament.

Test Career:

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Hardik Pandya debuted his Test career as he was included as a batsman for England’s tour of India in October 2016. However, he had to miss out because he got himself injured while training in the nets at the PCA Stadium.

He got a second chance after he was named in the Indian cricket squad for the Sri Lanka tour in 2017. Pandya debuted on 26 July 2017 in Galle. In the third test match against Sri Lanka, Hardik smashed his first maiden century scoring 108 runs and becoming the First Indian batsman to score a century before lunch.

He also has the record for scoring the most runs in a single over of a Test innings for India (26 runs) to his name.

Hardik Pandya Instagram:

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Hardik Pandya regularly posts pictures not himself on his Instagram Account showing off his clothes and swag.

He also posts pictures with his wife Natasha Stankovic and his son Agastya.

Hardik Pandya net worth:


Hardik Pandya has earned himself quite a fortune due to his spectacular performances in the Indian Premier League. He also performed well for the Indian Cricket team. He also earned from featuring in different magazine covers such as Maxim India and The Man.

His net worth is reportedly around 10 million.

Hardik Pandya’s Wife Natasha Stankovic:

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Hardik Pandya got engaged to his soulmate Natasa Stankovic on a private boat on 1 Jan 2020. The couple tied the knot on 31 May 2020 in a Private Ceremony attended by many of Pandya’s Mumbai Indians teammates and Mukesh Ambani and family. Many big Bollywood stars were also present in the ceremony.

Natasa Stankovic is an Indian-based Serbian dancer, actress and model. She debuted in Bollywood with the political drama Satyagraha directed by Prakash Jha. In 2014, she participated in Bigg Boss 8. She also was a part of Nach Baliye 9.

The Indian Cricketer became a father as his wife Natasha Stankovic gave birth to their son, Agastya Pandya on 30 June 2020 during the COVID- 19 Outbreak.

Hardik and Natasha’s Re Weeding Story:

Hardik Pandya and Nataša Stanković had a fantasy wedding on Udaipur on Valentine’s Day, Hardik Pandya and Nataša Stanković got hitched in a Christian function on fourteenth Feb, The cricketer and his model spouse had an extraordinary Valentine’s Day function that they celebrated with their dearest friends and family.

Natasa wore a wonderful white dress with trim subtleties and a long train. She wore a pearl neckband and tied her hair in a bun. Hardik wore a sharp dark suit. The bridesmaids were in peach-champagne outfits.

Photographs show Natasa and Hardik sharing a kiss, her strolling down the path with her dad, the couple trading kisses with their child Agastya and them modeling for photographs with their bridesmaids and groomsmen.

Purportedly, Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli and Athiya Shetty-KL Rahul were likewise guest for the wedding. They were spotted at the Mumbai air terminal on Tuesday morning, went away from the city. They didn’t affirm assuming they were for sure going to be important for the wedding.

The Koffee with Karan Show Controversy:

Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul made an appearance on a famous show of Karan Johar, ‘Koffee with Karan’. During the show, he made some controversial and sexist remarks for which he was criticized. As a result of his actions, both Pandya and KL Rahul were handed suspensions by BCCI in the middle of the Australia tour and were called back home to justify themselves and their actions.

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