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Meet Krunal Pandya: The Man Who Is Redefining the Role of All-Rounder

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The Pandya brothers need no introduction. In the last couple of years, both Krunal and Hardik have managed to stay in the limelight on-field as well as off-field. After the Pathan and Hussey brothers, the cricketing world has again been blessed with two talented siblings. Though Hardik has gained more popularity, Krunal Pandya is shining brighter than ever. In this blog, we will look at Krunal Pandya’s career, stats, IPL, Wife- Pankhuri Sharma, Pandya Brothers, etc.

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  • Let’s explore his interesting life story.

About Cricketer Krunal Pandya

Name Krunal Himanshu Pandya
Born 24 March 1991
Place of Birth Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Age 33 Years
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Wife Pankhuri Sharma
Batting Left-handed
Bowling Slow left-arm orthodox
Role All-rounder
IPL Team Lucknow Super Giants
IPL team Price Rs 8.25 crore (IPL 2023 Auction)
Net Worth $7 million(approx.)
ODI Debut 23 March 2021 v England
T20I Debut 4 November 2018 v West Indies
Jersey Number 36
Team Played for India, India A, Baroda, India Blue, Mumbai Indians, LSG,

Krunal Pandya Biography

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A young Krunal with his brother Hardik | Credits: Instagram

Krunal Pandya was born to Himanshu and Nalini Pandya on 24 March 1991. The family was based in Ahmedabad where Kiran More and Jitender Singh coached Krunal Pandya in the early days of his career.

After the Pandya family moved to Baroda, Krunal started training at the Kiran More Cricket Academy. Since money was tight, Kiran More didn’t even take fees initially from him. It was truly a dream come true for Krunal, who was always fascinated with cricket.

Krunal witnessed some difficult times during this period. Just when his career was about to start, Krunal had a shoulder injury. As a result, he was out of action for almost a year.


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Krunal Pandya Career

Domestic Career

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Krunal Pandya’s domestic career began with the Ranji Trophy tournament season 2016-17. By the very next tournament, Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17, he was the leading wicket-taker for Baroda.

In the series, he scored 366 runs in 8 matches. His highest score was 78 runs. Krunal also took 11 wickets in 8 matches. In 2017, he was also a part of the winning Indian team in a tri-series with South Africa and Afghanistan A.

Continuing his stellar performance, Pandya shone in the 2018-19 season of the Vijay Hazare Trophy as well. Hence, he was named the captain of Baroda in the following season.

International Career

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Krunal made his international debut by featuring in India’s T20I squad against West Indies and Australia.

He took one wicket and made 21 runs off 9 balls in his debut match. He won the Player of the Match award for his bowling performance against Australia in the third match.

Yes, Krunal did well and batted as per the situation (of the game), which is a good thing. I am very satisfied and there is always a scope of improvement. Finishing a match has been there in my coaching philosophy,” Jitendra Singh, his coach told Sportstar after Krunal’s first match.

In March 2021, Krunal was named in India’s ODI squad for their series against England, and on 23 March 2021, he made his ODI debut against England, scoring 58 not out.

Krunal Pandya IPL

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Krunal made his IPL debut with Mumbai Indians in 2016 at the home ground, Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai against Gujarat Lions. His mix of effective spin-bowling and hard-hitting at the tail end has made her a valuable asset for Mumbai Indians.

Sr. Pandya’s most memorable knock came in the 2017 IPL finals against Rising Pune Supergiants. Asked to bat first, Mumbai Indians were left stuttering at 79/7 in 14 overs.

With the team staring at a certain defeat, Krunal Pandya rose to the occasion and hit a timely knock of 47 from 38 balls (3 fours and 2 sixes) to take the team to a total of 129/8. Mumbai would just about manage to defend the total by a paltry one run to win their third-ever title. Krunal was rightfully adjudged the ‘Man of the Match’.

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In the 2022 IPL Auction, Krunal Pandya was bought by the Lucknow Super Giants for ₹8.25 crores. In IPL 2024, LSG retained him.


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Krunal Pandya Stats

  • Batting & Fielding
FORMAT Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
ODIs 5 4 2 130 58* 65.00 128 101.56 0 1 11 2 1 0
T20Is 19 10 5 124 26* 24.80 95 130.52 0 0 8 6 8 0
FC 9 17 0 486 160 28.58 746 65.14 2 2 68 3 4 0
List A 84 79 12 2424 133* 36.17 2826 85.77 2 13 243 48 25 0
T20s 188 156 49 2624 86 24.52 1983 132.32 0 8 226 92 71 0
  • Bowling
FORMAT Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
ODIs 5 5 228 223 2 1/26 1/26 111.50 5.86 114.0 0 0 0
T20Is 19 19 410 554 15 4/36 4/36 36.93 8.10 27.3 1 0 0
FC 9 12 695 369 14 4/40 6/59 26.35 3.18 49.6 1 0 0
List A 84 80 3810 3142 101 6/41 6/41 31.10 4.94 37.7 3 2 0
T20s 188 178 3406 4084 134 4/15 4/15 30.47 7.19 25.4 2 0 0

Krunal Pandya IPL Stats

  • Batting & Fielding Stats
YEAR MAT NO RUNS HS AVG BF SR 100 50 4S 6S CT ST
Career 117 34 1562 86 22.64 1164 134.19 0 1 140 58 44 0
2024 4 4 48 43* 29 165.52 0 0 4 2 1 0
2023 15 4 188 49 18.80 165 113.94 0 0 15 6 8 0
2022 14 4 183 42 20.33 145 126.21 0 0 16 4 7 0
2021 13 2 143 39 14.30 123 116.26 0 0 10 6 6 0
2020 16 6 109 34 18.16 92 118.47 0 0 9 5 4 0
2019 16 4 183 42 16.63 150 122.00 0 0 18 5 5 0
2018 14 3 228 41* 22.80 157 145.22 0 0 22 10 9 0
2017 13 4 243 47 34.71 179 135.75 0 0 24 7 2 0
2016 12 3 237 86 39.50 124 191.12 0 1 22 13 2 0
  • Bowling
YEAR MAT BALLS RUNS WKTS BBM AVE ECON SR 4W 5W
Career 117 1996 2417 73 3/11 33.11 7.27 27.34 0 0
2024 4 72 66 3 3/11 22.00 5.50 24.00 0 0
2023 15 252 313 9 3/18 34.78 7.45 28.00 0 0
2022 14 228 265 10 3/19 26.50 6.97 22.80 0 0
2021 13 199 265 5 1/13 53.00 7.98 39.80 0 0
2020 16 301 380 6 2/26 63.33 7.57 50.16 0 0
2019 16 276 335 12 3/34 27.91 7.28 23.00 0 0
2018 14 241 284 12 3/28 23.66 7.07 20.08 0 0
2017 13 240 273 10 3/14 27.30 6.82 24.00 0 0
2016 12 187 236 6 2/15 39.33 7.57 31.16 0 0

Unknown Facts

  • Krunal’s favorite cricketers include Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli, and Brett Lee.
  • He is proud of his roots and prefers Gujarati food over anything else.
  • His favorite actor is John Abraham and actress- Yami Gautam.
  • Krunal is a movie buff and loves the movie Four Pillars of Basement.

Krunal Pandya Family

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Krunal’s father Himanshu Pandya is a businessman. Though initially based in Surat, the family shifted to Baroda to support Krunal and Hardik’s cricketer career. Hardik is Krunal’s younger brother and a well-known Indian cricketer. After the Pathan and Hussey brothers, the cricketing world has again been blessed with two talented siblings: Pandya Brothers.

Hardik made his IPL debut before his elder brother. Both are extremely close and love sharing tips on and off the field.

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“Yes, we often talk. I mean we converse more on the mental aspect of the game, how to assess situations and play accordingly. Obviously, we both discuss cricket which has definitely helped me,” Krunal told FirstPost.

Krunal Pandya Wife

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Krunal Pandya is married to long-time sweetheart Pankhuri Sharma. Ahmedabad-born Pankhuri was a professional model. The duo first met through a common friend in Mumbai in early 2016. After dating for almost a year, Krunal finally proposed to Pankhuri after the epic 2017 IPL final where he was awarded the Man of the Match title.

Interestingly, the cricketer proposed with a cake, not a ring. “I thought he would hit me with cake, so I didn’t read what was written on it!” Pankhuri revealed in an interview. The duo eventually tied the knot on 27th December 2017.

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FAQ’s

What is the age of Krunal Pandya?

Krunal Pandya was born on 24 March 1991 and currently he is 33 years old.

Who is the wife of Krunal Pandya?

Krunal Pandya married long-time sweetheart Pankhuri Sharma on 27th December 2017.

Who is big brother in Pandya?

Krunal Pandya is the elder brother of Hardik Pandya. Hardik is 30 years old while Krunal is 32 years old (as of 12 May 2024).

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Mamta Thatte
Mamta Thatte
A passionate foodie, a versatile writer, and now a sports enthusiast, Mamta is always open to exploring new avenues. She has a vast experience in Web Content Writing, Editing, and Social Media Management. A self-confessed coffee and dark chocolate addict, she believes in following her heart and giving her 100% into everything she does.

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