Hardik Pandya had a sensational 2017, as he took the chance to establish himself as the premier all-rounder for India, in all formats of the game.
Pandya’s bowling has been a major plus, as he slowly but surely developed into a fine bowler, who can hold his own on the international scene.
India have been in the search of a genuine fast bowling all-rounder ever since Kapil Dev retired from the team, more than two decade ago.
There were many players who promised much, with Irfan Pathan being the most exciting prospect of them all. But his inability to take his chances has been a terrible loss for Indian cricket.
Eventually the selectors decided to put their faith in another young all-rounder from Baroda, as Hardik Pandya was given his debut in Australia, almost two years ago.
The last two years have been fantastic for Pandya, as he justified the selector’s faith in him and improved his game match by match.
The last few months have been particularly good for the all-rounder, with his man of the series performance against Australia being the highlight of his year.
His rising popularity has made him a sought after figure for all the major corporates, as ‘Brand Pandya’ has quickly become a hot commodity in the corporate world.
There has also been a lot of interest in Pandya’s personal life, as rumours are swirling in that Hardik is dating Bollywood actress Elli Avram.
The pair were last spotted at Krunal Pandya’s wedding, as Elli’s presence sent the rumour mill into overdrive.
A few months back, Pandya was linked with another Bollywood actress, Parineeti Chopra, but that was quickly shot down by Parineeti herself.
Let’s see if Elli responds similarly!