Krunal Himanshu Pandya (born 24 March 1991) is an Indian cricketer who has played for the Indian cricket team. He currently captains and plays for the Baroda in domestic cricket and the Lucknow Super Giants in the IPL. He is an all-rounder who bats left-handed and bowls slow left-arm orthodox.[1] He made his international debut for the Indian cricket team in November 2018.[2] In 2021, he scored the fastest half-century by a cricketer on ODI debut.[3] He is the elder brother of cricketer Hardik Pandya.

Krunal Pandya
Personal information
Full name
Krunal Himanshu Pandya
Born (1991-03-24) 24 March 1991 (age 32)
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Bowlingleft-arm spin and medium fast bowler
RelationsHardik Pandya (brother)
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 233)23 March 2021 v England
Last ODI23 July 2021 v Sri Lanka
ODI shirt no.36
T20I debut (cap 78)4 November 2018 v West Indies
Last T20I25 July 2021 v Sri Lanka
T20I shirt no.36
Domestic team information
2016–2021Mumbai Indians (squad no. 24)
2022–PresentLucknow Super Giants
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20 FC LA
Matches 5 174 9 83
Runs scored 130 2253 486 2,375
Batting average 65.00 22.08 28.58 35.98
100s/50s 0/1 0/5 2/2 2/13
Top score 58* 86 160 133*
Balls bowled 228 3136 695 3,750
Wickets 2 124 14 100
Bowling average 111.50 30.79 25.85 31.14
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 2
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 1/26 4/15 4/40 6/41
Catches/stumpings 1/0 65/0 4/0 25/0
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 18 July 2023

Domestic career edit

Pandya made his first-class debut on October 6, 2016, playing for Baroda during the 2016–17 Ranji Trophy tournament.[4] Within the next few months, he became the leading run scorer and leading wicket taker for Baroda in 2016-17 Vijay Hazare Trophy. He scored 366 runs in 8 matches, playing at an average of 45.75 and strike rate of 81.33. This included three half centuries, with his highest score being 78. In bowling, he took 11 wickets in 8 matches with economy rate of 4.82, at an average of 25.09 and strike rate of 31.10. His best bowling score during the eight matches was 4/20. In 2017 he featured in an India A tri-series victory over South Africa A and Afghanistan A.

He was the leading run-scorer for Baroda in the 2018–19 Vijay Hazare Trophy, with 366 runs in eight matches.[5] In October 2018, he was named in India A's squad for the 2018–19 Deodhar Trophy.[6] Pandya was named as the captain of Baroda for the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019–2020.[7]

He was selected to play for the Warwickshire County Cricket Club in the 2022 Royal London One-Day Cup.[8]

Indian Premier League edit

At the 2016 IPL auction, Mumbai Indians purchased Pandya for 2 crore. He made his IPL debut in April 2016, playing against Gujarat Lions at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. For his performances in the 2016 IPL season, he was named in the Cricinfo and Cricbuzz IPL XI.[9][10]

In 2017, he scored 86 from 37 balls and took the wickets of Quinton De Kock and Zaheer Khan and was adjudged to be the Player of the Match against Delhi Daredevils at ACA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam. He continued to produce consistent performances with the bat and ball throughout the tournament. He was declared as the Player of the Match for his performance of 47 in a final victory against Rising Pune Supergiant. For his performances in the 2017 IPL season, he was named in the ESPNcricinfo and Cricbuzz IPL XI.[11]

In January 2018, Pandya was signed up by the Mumbai Indians in the 2018 IPL auction.[12] He had scored 160 against Railways in Ranji trophy with 21 boundaries and he was the highest run scorer in the first innings for Baroda with a strike rate of 73.06 in his second first class game.

In IPL 2021, Pandya's over-aggressive reactions over the field took center stage. A lot of times, he was seen getting angry on the fielders when there was no chance that the ball could be stopped. While some slammed Krunal for his behavior, few have turned him into a meme material trolling him.[13] Later in the tournament, Pandya grabbed the attention over his questionable behavior again after being caught throwing moisturizer bottle towards Anukul Roy during the match against Rajasthan Royals.[14]

In the 2022 IPL Auction, Pandya's was bought by the Lucknow Super Giants for ₹8.25 crores.[15]

International career edit

In October 2018, Pandya was named in India's Twenty20 International (T20I) squads for their tours against the West Indies and Australia.[16] He made his T20I debut for India against the West Indies on 4 November 2018, taking one wicket and scoring an unbeaten 21 runs off 9 balls.[17][2] He was selected for India Twenty20 International team against Australia and played all three matches. In the first match he conceded 55 runs in four overs, but took 1/26 in the second T20I and won the Player of the Match award in the third match for his bowling performance of 4/36 in 4 overs.[18]

In March 2021, he was named in India's One Day International (ODI) squad for their series against England.[19] He made his ODI debut for India on 23 March 2021, against England, scoring 58 not out.[20] His fifty was the fastest on debut in an ODI match, coming from 26 balls.[21]

Personal life edit

He is the elder brother of fellow Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya.[22] On 27 December 2017, he married Pankhuri Sharma. The couple have a son, Kavir Krunal Pandya, born on 24 July 2022.[23][24]

In January 2021, Indian cricketer Deepak Hooda wrote a scathing letter addressed to the Baroda Cricket Association accusing Krunal Pandya of using ‘abusive language’ and ‘threats to end his career’ and Hooda pulled himself out of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021.[25] On 27 July 2021, he tested positive for COVID-19.[26][27]

In January 2022, Pandya's Twitter account was hacked, and suspicious tweets were posted from an alleged bitcoin scammer.[28] Later in the day, all of the hacker's tweets were deleted and Pandya posted a tweet apologizing.[29]

References edit

  1. ^ "IPL 2015 – Hardik Pandya is a man for the future". IBN Live. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b "'Hero' Krunal Pandya's carpe diem moment on debut". Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  3. ^ "'This one is for my dad': Krunal Pandya breaks down in tears after smashing fastest 50 by ODI debutant". The Indian Express. 23 March 2021. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Ranji Trophy, Group A: Baroda v Gujarat at Jaipur, Oct 6–9, 2016". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Vijay Hazare Trophy, 2016/17 – Baroda: Batting and bowling averages". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Rahane, Ashwin and Karthik to play Deodhar Trophy". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Krunal Pandya Named Baroda's Vijay Hazare Trophy Captain, Hardik Pandya Not Included". Sportzwiki. 22 September 2019. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Krunal Pandya signs with Warwickshire for Royal London Cup". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2 July 2022.
  9. ^ "Morris and Mustafizur, Krunal and Chahal in IPL XI". ESPNcricinfo.
  10. ^ "Indian Premier League 2016: Cricbuzz's Team of the Tournament". Cricbuzz.
  11. ^ "Cricbuzz's IPL 2017 XI". Cricbuzz.
  12. ^ "List of sold and unsold players". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  13. ^ "IPL 2021 Twitter slams Krunal Pandya for his over-aggressive reactions on the field". Crictracker. 24 April 2021.
  14. ^ "IPL 2021 Krunal Pandya carelessly throws moisturizer bottle towards Anukul Roy; grabs attention over questionable behavior again". Crictracker. May 2021.
  15. ^ "PL Auction 2022 live updates". 12 February 2022. Retrieved 12 February 2022.
  16. ^ "Uncapped Krunal Pandya, Nadeem named in India squads for Australia, Windies T20Is, Dhoni left out". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  17. ^ "1st T20I (N), West Indies tour of India at Kolkata, Nov 4 2018". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  18. ^ "India tour of Australia 2018/19 – Live Cricket Scores & Fixtures – ESPNcricinfo". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  19. ^ "Prasidh Krishna called up for ODI series against England". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  20. ^ "1st ODI (D/N), Pune, Mar 23 2021, England tour of India". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  21. ^ "India vs England: Krunal Pandya sets new record with 26-ball 50 on ODI debut". India Today. Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  22. ^ "Hardik Pandya's Throwback Picture With Brother Krunal Oozes "Desi Swag"".
  23. ^ "Pankhuri Sharma turns 29: A look at Krunal Pandya's stunning wife". mid-day. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  24. ^ Mukherjee, Shubro. "Pankhuri Sharma reveals how Krunal Pandya proposed her in front of Mumbai Indians team". Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  25. ^ "'Krunal Pandya abusing me in front of Baroda teammates': Deepak Hooda to BCA". The Indian Express. 13 April 2021. Retrieved 11 May 2021.
  26. ^ "SL vs Ind 2021 – Krunal Pandya tests positive for Covid-19, second T20I postponed by a day".
  27. ^ "Krunal separated from team; second T20I likely to be played today".
  28. ^ "India Allrounder Krunal Pandya's Twitter Account Hacked". Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  29. ^ "Krunal Pandya Apologises For "Inconvenience" Caused After His Twitter Account Gets "Hacked"". Retrieved 16 June 2022.

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