Often being compared with India’s World Cup winning captain and all-rounder Kapil Dev, Hardik Pandya has substantiated the comparisons on many occasions with his hard-hitting abilities and brisk seam bowling. Along with his playing style, his experiments with hairstyles and hair colours make him stand out among his peers. But he plays as flamboyantly on field as he carries himself off the field. Pandya is truly a find of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as his heroics with Mumbai Indians booked his berth for the Indian cricket team. Following a successful IPL 2015 and Syed Mushtaq Ali domestic T20 tournament in 2016, the Gujarati all-rounder made his debut for Team India on January 26, 2016, in a T20I match against Australia at Adelaide. It took him a few months to break into the 50-over set up as he debuted in ODI cricket on October 16, 2016, playing New Zealand at the picturesque HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala. With a fifty on his Test debut, Pandya played his first longest-format game for India on July 26-29, 2017, against Sri Lanka at Galle.read more
"Hard work always pays. I always believe that if you do hard work with good intentions, it pays," Pandya said.
Hardik came in at number 5 after India lost Deepak Hooda and the score read 89/3. Instead of consolidating the innings, he started smacking the bowlers all around the park and got to his fifty in 30 balls.
To India's fortune, they won the series against the Irish and now their caravan moves to England with VVS Laxman as the head coach and Hardik Pandya, who could lead the Indian team for the series opener.
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Hardik is named as a captain of the Indian squad for the two-match T20I series against Ireland, starting Sunday.
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In a video shared by BCCI on Twitter, both Pandya and Pant can be seen facing deliveries by a throwdown specialist in front of a packed stadium.
Hardik Pandya stated that it was never about hitting back at the critics, but about the process, he religiously followed.
After playing the role of an anchor for Gujarat Titans, Hardik Pandya donned the finisher's hat once again for team India as he smashed a brilliant 31 of 12 deliveries.
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Hardik has very clearly expressed how he always enjoyed the responsibility and wants to be someone to lead his troops from the front. His style of captaincy has forced many cricketing pundits to compare his ways with none other than MS Dhoni, a man who led team India to three ICC trophies.
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Hardik Pandya will be instrumental in Gujarat Titans' game vs Rajasthan Royals in the Qualifier 1. He has put in the hard yards, and the results are for everyone to see.
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