Hardik Pandya is India’s only quality seam bowling all rounder and his worth has been felt, ever since he has been out of the Indian team due to a back surgery. India tried Vijay Shankar, Shardul Thakur and Shivam Dube in the Baroda all rounder’s absence, but none of them stepped up to the plate and owned the fast bowling all rounder’s spot.
What makes Pandya even more valuable is his acrobatic fielding and his ability to be a grafter in the batting line up. Ever since MSD’s big hitting ability has come down a few notches due to the obvious age factor, India has missed an out and out six hitter in the death overs. Pandya has the ability to step up the gas even from the first ball if that is the need of the hour.
Not many know the reason behind the Mumbai Indians’ players reason for sporting a jersey with the number 228 on his back. It happens to be Hardik’s only ever double century. He scored 228 in a Baroda U-16 vs Mumbai U-16 encounter in 2009 and was the captain of the Baroda team at the time. Here’s wishing more and more double centuries to the promising young cricketer who looks to have a bright future ahead of him.