Krunal Pandya

Krunal Himanshu Pandya (born 24 March 1991) is an Indian international cricketer who plays for Baroda in domestic cricket, and Mumbai Indians 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]

Krunal Pandya
Krunal Pandya and Hardik Pandya (cropped) 1.jpg
Krunal in May 2017
Personal information
Full nameKrunal Himanshu Pandya
Born (1991-03-24) 24 March 1991 (age 30)
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
BowlingSlow left-arm orthodox
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 (previously 24)
Domestic team information
2016–presentMumbai Indians (squad no. 24)
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 5 19 8 67
Runs scored 130 124 470 2,041
Batting average 65.00 24.80 31.33 38.50
100s/50s 0/1 0/0 2/2 2/12
Top score 58* 26* 160 133*
Balls bowled 228 410 683 3,084
Wickets 2 15 14 81
Bowling average 111.50 36.93 25.85 31.49
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 2
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 1/26 4/36 4/40 6/41
Catches/stumpings 1/0 8/0 4/0 23/0
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 26 July 2021

Domestic careerEdit

Pandya made his first-class debut on 6 October 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, making for an average of 45.75 and strike rate of 81.33. This included three half centuries, with a high score of 78. In bowling, he took 11 wickets in 8 matches with economy rate of 4.82, 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]

Indian Premier LeagueEdit

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. His first wicket came with the dismissal of Dinesh Karthik, who was caught in the deep by Harbhajan Singh. He finished his first match with figures of 1/20 in 4 overs. In batting, he scored 20 runs off 11 balls, which included three fours. For his performances in the 2016 IPL season, he was named in the Cricinfo and Cricbuzz IPL XI.[8][9]

In 2016, 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 Cricinfo and Cricbuzz IPL XI.[10]

In January 2018, Pandya was signed up by the Mumbai Indians in the 2018 IPL auction.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13]

International careerEdit

In October 2018, Pandya was named in India's Twenty20 International (T20I) squads for their tours against the West Indies and Australia.[14] 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.[15][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.[16]

In March 2021, he was named in India's One Day International (ODI) squad for their series against England.[17] He made his ODI debut for India on 23 March 2021, against England, scoring 58 not out.[18] His fifty was the fastest on debut in an ODI match, coming from 26 balls.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

He is the elder brother of fellow Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya.[20] In 2017, he married Pankhuri Sharma.[21][22]

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.[23]

On 27 July 2021, he tested positive for COVID-19.[24][25]


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  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. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Ranji Trophy, Group A: Baroda v Gujarat at Jaipur, Oct 6-9, 2016". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Vijay Hazare Trophy, 2016/17 - Baroda: Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Rahane, Ashwin and Karthik to play Deodhar Trophy". ESPN Cricinfo. 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. ^ "Morris and Mustafizur, Krunal and Chahal in IPL XI".
  9. ^ "Indian Premier League 2016: Cricbuzz's Team of the Tournament". Cricbuzz.
  10. ^ "Cricbuzz's IPL 2017 XI". Cricbuzz.
  11. ^ "List of sold and unsold players". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  12. ^ "IPL 2021 Twitter slams Krunal Pandya for his over-aggressive reactions on the field". Crictracker.
  13. ^ "IPL 2021 Krunal Pandya carelessly throws moisturizer bottle towards Anukul Roy; grabs attention over questionable behavior again". Crictracker.
  14. ^ "Uncapped Krunal Pandya, Nadeem named in India squads for Australia, Windies T20Is, Dhoni left out". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  15. ^ "1st T20I (N), West Indies tour of India at Kolkata, Nov 4 2018". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  16. ^ "India tour of Australia 2018/19 - Live Cricket Scores & Fixtures - ESPNCricinfo". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  17. ^ "Prasidh Krishna called up for ODI series against England". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  18. ^ "1st ODI (D/N), Pune, Mar 23 2021, England tour of India". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  19. ^ "India vs England: Krunal Pandya sets new record with 26-ball 50 on ODI debut". India Today. Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  20. ^ "Hardik Pandya's Throwback Picture With Brother Krunal Oozes "Desi Swag"".
  21. ^ "Pankhuri Sharma turns 29: A look at Krunal Pandya's stunning wife". mid-day. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  22. ^ Mukherjee, Shubro. "Pankhuri Sharma reveals how Krunal Pandya proposed her in front of Mumbai Indians team". Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  23. ^ "'Krunal Pandya abusing me in front of Baroda teammates': Deepak Hooda to BCA". The Indian Express. Retrieved 11 May 2021.
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