Hardik Pandya is an Indian international cricketer who plays for Baroda in domestic cricket and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He is an all-rounder who bats right-handed and bowls right-arm fast-medium. He is also the brother of cricketer Krunal Pandya. He is also India's No. 1 all-rounder on the ongoing tour to England
Hardik Pandya's father Himanshu Pandya ran a small car finance business in Surat. However, he choose to shut down the business and move to Vadodara when Hardik was five. His father made this move in order to facilitate his sons with better cricket training. He enrolled his two sons (Hardik and Krunal) into Kiran More's cricket academy in Vadodara
Financially weak, the Pandya family lived in a rented apartment in Gorwa, with the brothers using a second-hand car to travel to the cricket ground. Hardik studied at the MK High School till ninth grade before dropping out to focus on cricket
Hardik Pandya has had a dismal tour of England so far. Perhaps, the most disappointing match that he played in England was the first Test in Edgbaston, where he could not guide India to the finishing line and the visitors fell short by 31 runs
Hardik Pandya put up a brave front during India’s horrible outing at the Lord’s in the second Test versus England. After the second day’s play where India got all out for 107 and England took a huge lead, Hardik said, “Nothing happened (after lunch). That was the problem. As a bowling unit, we tried but all of a sudden the ball stopped swinging and they "Woakes and (Jonny) Bairstow took the game away," Pandya reasoned after the end of third day's play. "It happens, I've seen in Tests. You get four or five wickets quickly and then you get one partnership. Even with our batting line-up, it has happened many times. It's just a part of the game," Pandya said
Hardik Pandya is also known to be a bit of a Casanova. He was linked to actress and dancer Elli AvrRam earlier this year and is now apparently paired with Bollywood actress Esha Gupta. Well, what can we say, he is a hot property on and off the pitch
Clarifying the rumour of her dating Hardik Pandya, Esha Gupta said, "I'm not getting married anytime soon. I'll let everyone know when I do." However, she did not deny or accept being in a relationship with Pandya
His reported love story with Elli Avram showed a lot of potential as the duo were spotted a few times in public, but it eventually fizzled out. A source had earlier revealed, "Elli wanted a commitment, while Hardik was looking for something casual. This led to a lot of arguments between them and they called it quits."
Hardik Pandya is also known for changing his hairstyles before every big tournament. And the man behind his cool locks is none other than Bollywood’s celebrity hairdresser Hakim Aalim
Speaking about Hardik Pandya and Esha Gupta’s alleged linkup, a source said, “They met at a party and hit it off immediately. The duo started chatting up, exchanged numbers and before we knew, they were an item." The couple wants to keep their love affair under wraps. "Right now, both of them are hush-hush about their budding romance. They want to see how things turn out. They make their lunch and dinner plans secretively and want to avoid the public glare. Currently, they are in the phase where they are getting to know each other"
KL Rahul is an Indian cricketer who plays as a top order right-handed batsman and an occasional wicket-keeper too. He plays for India internationally, Karnataka in domestic circuit and Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League. He is currently an integral part of the Indian team on the tour to England
KL Rahul was born into on 18 April 1992 to K. N. Lokesh and Rajeshwari in Mangaluru, where he grew up.His father Lokesh is a Professor (Civil Engineering) and Former Director at the National Institute of Technology Karnataka in Surathkal,Mangaluru, and Rajeshwari is a History Professor at Mangalore University. Lokesh, who was a fan of the cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, wanted to name his son after Gavaskar's, but mistook Rohan Gavaskar's name to be Rahul
KL Rahul was surprisingly picked ahead of Cheteshwar Pujara for the first Test against England at Edgbaston. But things did not go according to plan, as the classy right-hander failed to get the runs and contribute with the bat in both innings of the first Test between India and England.
A dashing and single Indian cricketer and no Bollywood linkups? Not possible. KL Rahul has had his fair share of alleged dating rumours with Bollywood starlets. The most well documented one being with actress Nidhhi Agerwal after the duo were snapped with each other at a few outings with friends. Nidhhi Agerwal, however, squashed all rumours by saying that KL Rahul is a close friend, whom she has known for years before he even became a cricketer
KL Rahul later clarified on the dating rumours with actress Niddhi Agerwal, by saying “We have known each other since our college days. We are just good friends and all the rumours are false."
KL Rahul perhaps, is the only tattoo freak in the Indian team. He has tattoos wrapped up all over his arms. This picture shows him getting a tattoo of his dog’s on his back. His love for his dog ‘Simba’ is evident by the pictures Rahul shares with his pet on Instagram
KL Rahul is known to be very close to Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma. Recalling an incident, the right-hander said “"There was one instance after a match at Melbourne where I had a terrible performance. I was miserable and depressed. Anushka, who noticed this, came up to my room and asked me to accompany her and Virat to their dinner date. The couple talked me through their similar experiences and that helped me understand how to manage these situations better”
KL Rahul had revealed that inspiration for his self grooming and personality, comes from Former England football captain David Beckham, whom he considers as a style icon. He also looks up to the way Ranveer Singh dresses up and would love to try his looks out even though he admits that he would never be able to carry them off
KL Rahul shared this picture with Hardik Pandya during a train ride somewhere in England.. He captioned this picture as, “The Hustle is easier when the company is Great. @hardikpandya93 @neweraindia @karansinghvi"
Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul may not be having the best of time on the field with the bat and ball in England, but they sure know how to up the style quotient with their good looks off the field. Here are some pictures that prove Hardik and Rahul are two most dapper bachelors in the Indian team. (All pictures courtesy Hardik Pandya Instagram and KL Rahul Instagram)
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