Hardik Pandya is gradually turning to be a role model in eyes of yougsters in India. They are impressed by his attitude & lifestyle, but very less know the hardships he has to go through to reach this state of success.
Hardik Pandya was born on 11 October 1993 in Surat, Gujarat. His father Himanshu Pandya ran a small car finance business in Surat. Then he moved to Vadodara in 1998, in order to give his children better cricket training facilities. He enrolled both his sons Hardik & Krunal in Kiran More’s cricket academy.He dropped out from MK high school in grade ninth to focus on Cricket.
Hardships faced in early stages.
During an interview with the Indian Express in 2016, Pandya had said how his life used to be before he got his chance to play in the IPL. “Five rupees ke maggie aati thi, malli ko request karke garam pani leta tha aur mein aur mere bhai ground pe bana ke khata the. Breakfast bhi wohi aur lunch bhi wohi (my brother and I used to get maggie for Rs 5 and we used to request the gardener to give us hot water and we used to prepare and eat it at the ground for lunch and breakfast).
“Din bhar ground pe pade rehta tha. Bahar udhari bahut ho gayi thi, jeetna aata woh turant chala jata. 10 rupees chodho, 5 rupees ke bhi vande tha (we spent the whole day at the ground. I was in deep debts and whatever money I earned sufficed only for paying the debts. Forget Rs 10, I didn’t even have Rs 5).”
Road to success
22 March 2013 – T20 debut for Gujarat, smashed 44 in just 26 balls vs Maharashtra.
30 March 2014 -First half century in domestic T20, Smashed 82 off 57 balls.
2 April 2014 – Picked up 3 wickets for 7 runs against Mumbai in Syed Mustaq trophy.
16 February 2015 – Picked up by Mumbai Indians for base price of Rs 10 Lakh.
19 April 2015 – IPL debut, smashed not out 16 off 6 balls.
8 May 2015 – CSK vs MI, 30 runs required of 12 balls for MI to win. Pandya on strike Negi to bowl, he smashed 3 sixes off his first 4 balls and sealed match for MI.
14 May 2015 – The turning point of his career according to him. He smashed 61 off 31 balls when Mumbai was struggling. On the same day, God of cricket Sachin Tendulkar told him “you will play for India within next 18 months”. Luckily he was picked for international duties within a year.
10 January 2016 – Smashed 34 runs in an over against Akash Sudan of Delhi in Syed Mustaq.
January 2016 – Earned his maiden International call for India’s tour of Australia.
26 January 2016– International T20 debut, din’t started well but picked up 2 wickets.
From that day till now everyone knows how he has fared in International cricket. His heroics with ball against Bangladesh in T20 world cup & his blistering knock with bat in loosing cause at Champions Trophy final will be remembered for a long time.
“All those days are gone, what a life it was! I tell myself I have ‘dum’. Or else how could I have reached here? How could you enjoy life when there is no struggle. Just imagine when we came to play in Mumbai during the under-19 days, we used to take photographs with Trident Hotel as backdrop. Years later, I stayed there.”. – Hardik Pandya.
A successful person is not that who never fails, but a person who never quits.
– Himanshu Chandnani