Name- Krunal Pandya
Date of Birth- 24 March 1991
Age- 29 years(as in 2020)
Mother- Nalini Pandya
Father- Himanshu Pandya
Brother- Hardik Pandya
Marital Status/Marriage- Married
Wife- Pankhuri Sharma
Height- 5’10 approx.
Weight- 70kg approx.
Net Worth- US$26 million approx.
Krunal Pandya Biography
Krunal Pandya is an Indian International cricketer. He is primarily known as left hand batsman and a slow left-arm orthodox bowler. Born on 24 March 1991, he did his schooling from MK High School in Bandra. He made his first class debut playing for Baroda during 2016-17 Ranji Trophy tournament on 6 October 2016. And within few months, he became the leading run scorer & wicket taker for Baroda in 2016-17 Vijay Hazare Trophy. Soon he became popular in the local cricketing circles for his ability to hit big sixes which helped him to get placed in Indian International cricket team. Known as a true blue IPL star, he is shining brighter than ever.
Favorite Things of Krunal Pandya
- John Abraham and Ranveer Singh are his Favorite Actors.
- Yami Gautam and Deepika Padukone are his Favorite Actresses.
- Cricket is his Favorite Sports.
- Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are his Favorite Cricketers.
- Gujarati Food is his Favorite Food.
- Travelling and Reading are his Favorite Hobbies.
Facts About Krunal Pandya
- He is known for his destructive batting and wicket taking abilities.
- Krunal’s growing years were not easy and most of his childhood was spent in hardship. He and his brother Hardik would often spend the entire day solely on one meal eating maggie to save money.
- His father is an ardent lover of the cricket. Infact, it was him who drew his and his brother’s interest to cricket as he used to take them to watch matches in Vadodara.
- After seeing the craze for the game, he along with his brother got enrolled in Kiran More’s International Academy at the age of 5 and 7 respectively.
- Kiran More had supported him a lot in his initial days and didn’t not charge any fee from him for first three years of training in his academy.
- In 2012, he started his cricket career playing for Baroda cricket team.
- In the year 2013, he played against Bengal in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at Indore and then in the very next year he got selected in the Vijay Hazare Trophy making his List A debut in Ahmedabad in match against Gujarat.
- Owing to his good domestic performance, he was bought by Mumbai Indians for huge base price of 2 crores in 2016 IPL(Indian Premier League) despite not making his first class debut,.
- He has played more than 55 matches, scored 891 runs in total along with picking up over 40 wickets in IPL.
- In year 2018, he made his T20 International debut for the Indian Cricket Team against West Indies.
- He had to take a long halt from cricket due to his shoulder injury and in the meantime, his brother Hardik Pandya made giant strides in his career.
- Though after the injury, he became more disciplined in his life and left all the unwanted things like smoking & drinking and kept his focus on game only.
- He and his brother are good friends of Pathan brothers.
Krunal Pandya Family
He is born to Himanshu Pandya and Nalini Pandya in Choryasi, Surat, Gujrat. He has a younger brother named Hardik Pandya. Hardik is also an Indian cricketer. His father ran a small car finance business in Surat. Later, he chose to shut down his business and moved to Vadodara when Krunal was 7 years old. He enrolled his sons into Kiran More’s cricket academy in Vadodara. Financially weak, the Pandya family used to live in a rented apartment in Gorwa. They used a second-hand car to travel to the cricket ground. However, with his hard work and patience, Krunal made his parents proud by being one of the talented cricketers of team India.
Krunal Pandya Wife/ Girlfriend
He is married to his long time girlfriend Pankhuri Sharma. Pankhuri is a marketing executive in board of films by profession. Her father is a Mumbai based businessmen. The two of them met through common friends in a party and started off as good friends. Later, their friendship gradually grew into love. It was her simplicity and supportive nature that attracted him towards her. They dated for long two years and finally tied the knot on 27 December 2017 in a lavish wedding ceremony accompanied by close family & friends. The couple is madly in love with each other and often shares amazing pictures together in their respective Instagram accounts.
Krunal Pandya Debut
He made his cricket debut in 2013 playing for Baroda in lean domestic T20 Match against Bengal in Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy. Post that, he kick started his debut in List A against Gujarat during Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2014. In no time, he became popular in the local cricketing circles for his stunning performance and got the chance to play in IPL for team Mumbai Indians in 2016. After his amazing performance in IPL, he got the biggest opportunity of his career and get selected in Indian International cricket team for T20 squad against team West Indies and Australia in October 2018.
Krunal Pandya Shine to Glory
His all round performance helped Baroda to reach the semi-final of Vijay Hazare Trophy in the year 2016-17. He got selected in IPL 2016 and Mumbai-Indians purchased him for INR 2 crores in the auctions at time when he was relatively unknown. Though he proved the selectors decision right and in 2017 IPL, he made 243 runs at a strike rate of 135.75. Owing to his good performance for Mumbai India, in 2018 Mumbai Indians again purchased him for INR 8.8 crores.
The biggest turning point in his career came after he got selected in 2018 T20 international squad where his 47 off 38 deliveries made a huge impact and he became the “MAN OF THE MATCH”. His destructive batting-bowling and wicket taking ability is ready to don the Indian senior team jersey.
Krunal Pandya Achievements & Records
Following are the records and achievements made by him:
- In his domestic career, he became the leading run scorer and leading wicket taker for Baroda in 2016-17 in Vijay Hazare Trophy and also made 3 half centuries.
- Krunal became the captain of Baroda for the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
- He has scored 160 runs against Railways in Ranji trophy with 21 boundaries and became the highest scorer for Baroda.
- He finished the IPL 2016 season with 237 runs from 9 innings.
- In 2018 IPL auction, Mumbai Indians bought Krunal Pandya for INR 8.8 crores.
- In the same year, he got selected in T20 International against West Indies and scored an unbeaten 21 runs from 9 balls.
- In his 3rd match of the 2018 T20 international, he became “Man of the Match” for his bowling performance.
Krunal Pandya IPL
At 2016, he was purchased by Mumbai Indian for Rs.2 Crores and made his debut against team Gujarat Lions at Wankhede Stadium. Mumbai Indians again picked him in the team for IPL 2018 for a whopping amount of Rs.8.8 Crores making him one of the most expensive uncapped player in the IPL history.
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