One of the highly discussed-about personalities in the current Indian squad, Hardik Pandya is a complete white ballplayer who has been successful in surprising everyone with the red ball as well. In his short career in international cricket, Hardik has made an excellent name for himself while registering some great numbers in the process. From being dropped out of state team with attitude issues to cementing his place in the Blue squad, Hardik Pandya has had one heck of a career. One of the most talked-about celebrities in India, Hardik manages to remain in the news, either for his remarks on talk shows or his match-winning performances for the nation. Through all his thick and thins in recent past, Hardik Pandya family has been standing by his side.
There is no hiding the fact that Hardik is an outspoken expressive personality. Apart from his immature behaviour in public, every Indian fan hopes and believes that we may have finally found a true fast bowling all-rounder for the first time after legendary Kapil Dev. In his short but glamorous career till now, Hardik has never forgotten to thank his parents and family. Here is a complete look at the Hardik Pandya family.
Hardik Pandya Parents
Hardik was born on 11 October 1993 to Himanshu and Nalini Pandya. Himanshu was into a small car finance business in Surat where Hardik and his brother Krunal were born. A visionary of his kind, Himanshu decided to provide both his son with a better cricket facility and the family shifted to Vadodara. Hardik was just five years old when Himanshu enrolled both his sons into Kiran More’s cricket academy in Vadodara. The Pandya family would live in a rented apartment in Gorwa. The Pandya brothers used to travel by a second-hand car to the Cricket ground far away from their rented home.
In spite of being financially weak at the time, Himanshu ensured that kids don’t go to sleep hungry at night while paying for their schooling and cricket fees. He supported his son’s decision of dropping out of school in the ninth grade to focus on Cricket as he always believed in both of them. In fact, his father jumped to his defence during Koffee with Karan controversy. He claimed that his son was innocent, and he spoke only to entertain the audience. “He was only looking to entertain the audience. So, it [his comments] should not be viewed very seriously or negatively. He is an innocent boy with a very fun-loving nature.”
Hardik was highly criticised for his borderline sexist and racist comments during his appearance at Koffee with Karan alongside KL Rahul.
Left-handed batsman and spinner, all-rounder Krunal Pandya is the real brother of Hardik Pandya. The duo among the rare siblings to have played for an international team together. Though Krunal is two years older than Hardik, he was marginally late in making it to the big stage. Hardik and Krunal have always played together since childhood. Both all-rounders and matchwinners used to complement each other well.
The Pandya family were in worse financial shape in 2015 before Hardik was picked up Mumbai Indian for the IPL. One season later, Krunal was also picked up by the side. Since 2016, both Hardik and Krunal have produced match-winning performances with both bat and ball for Mumbai Indians. This includes Krunal’s player of the match performance against Rising Pune Supergiants in the 2017 IPL Finals, helping Mumbai claim the title once again.
In an interview with Indian Express in 2016, Hardik replied when asked about their condition before IPL: “Five rupees ke Maggi 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. Din bhar ground pe pade rehte tha. Bahar udhari bahut ho gayi thi, jeetna aata woh turant chala jata. 10 rupees chodho, 5 rupees ke bhi vande tha.” (We used to plead for hot water from gardener to cook and eat a Maggie packet of Rs.5 at the ground. This was our breakfast, lunch everything. In fact, we could not leave the ground because we were in a lot of debt then.)
After all the struggles, the duo has come out big-time, to say the least. Hardik has already played in 54 ODIs and 38 T20I for India. While is a brother is yet to make his debut ODI squad for the men in blue. Krunal has also played in 14 T20Is for the Indian team alongside his brother. While Hardik is still unmarried, Krunal tied the knot with his ladylove Pankhuri Sharma in 2018.