Hardik Pandya the hard-hitting all-rounder has been the part of Indian ODI and T20 squad since 2016. He made his T20 debut against Australia in January 2016 and in October 2016 he made his ODI debut against New Zealand.
Hardik Pandya is one of the promising all-rounders who can give 10 overs and also could provide the team balance with his hard-hitting abilities with the bat lower down or according to the situations. Since the last 1 year, he provided the balance the team needed but needs to improve his bowling if team India is to win.
Hardik Pandya performances in CT 2017 has ensured that he could become one of the greatest all-rounders for team India.
Here we look at the 10 amazing facts about Hardik Pandya:
1 1. Playing for Baroda since 2013
Hardik Pandya has been playing for Baroda since 2013. In the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2013-2014 season, he played a key role in helping Baroda winning the title.
2. Impressive debut in IPL
Hardik Pandya made his debut for Mumbai Indians in 2015 and has been a regular part of the franchise since then. He scored 21 off 8 balls against Chennai Super Kings and awarded the man of the match in 2015 edition.
On January 10th 2016, Hardik Pandya hit 39 runs in an over including 5 sixes and 1 four. He scored 81 against Delhi but was not able to prevent Delhi to win the match.
Hardik Pandya made his T20 debut against Australia in the year 2016. During that match, he picked 2 wickets and helped India to win the match.
5. Impressive performance with the bat in T20
Hardik Pandya came ahead of Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni in the second T20 against Sri Lanka last year. He scored 27 off 14 balls and also in the Asia Cup 2016, he scored a quickfire 31 off 18 balls to help India to post a competitive total against Bangladesh.
6. Made his One-day International against New Zealand
After making his T20 debut in January, Hardik Pandya got a chance to debut for India in One-day Internationals against New Zealand at the home ODI series.
7. Played for India A squad under the guidance of Dravid
Hardik Pandya played for India A squad under the guidance of Rahul Dravid last year. He performed well with the bat and also ball.
8. Most sixes in Champions Trophy 2017
Hardik Pandya hit 10 sixes in the recently concluded Champions Trophy 2017. In the first match against Pakistan he hit 3 back to back sixes and in the final match against the same opposition, he hit 6 sixes.
9. Become the fastest to score a half-century in ICC finals match
Hardik Pandya became the fastest to score a half-century in ICC finals match. He scored 50 in 32 balls breaking the record Adam Gilchrist. In total, he scored 76 in 43 balls and gave India a glimmer of hope to win the match during the finals of ICC Champions Trophy.
10. Holds the highest strike rate in CT 2017
Hardik Pandya has the record of highest strike rate in the recently concluded CT 2017. He scored at 194.44 which is amazing for any cricketer who comes down the order.