Hardik Pandya turned 26 on Friday. All the fans and his peers from the cricketing fraternity came forward to wish him. Even Hardik's bestie KL Rahul had come forward with a cheeky birthday wish for him. Earlier, even Hardik Pandya had a cheeky birthday wish for veteran pacer Zaheer Khan who had turned 41 on Monday after which the star cricketer had to face backlash from fans on social media. Here is Pandya's tweet.
The youngster had undergone successful surgery on the lower back in London recently and had posted a picture of him lying in his hospital bed.
As Hardik Pandya turns a year older, let's take a look at what all he had gone through in the last 365 days.
Well, before his 25th birthday, the all-rounder had collapsed during India's Asia Cup match against Pakistan where he was carried off on a stretcher. It was as a result of an acute lower back injury. He was ruled out of the tournament which was eventually won by the Men In Blue. The fans had a lot of sympathy for Pandya on that day. He then turned 25 almost a month later but then he would also face the wrath of the fans sometime later.
Hardik Pandya would make an appearance along with KL Rahul on ''Koffee with Karan" along with his bestie and Indian team-mate KL Rahul which is hosted by famous Bollywood director Karan Johar. On that show, the young all-rounder lost his reputation after his misogynistic and racist comments had annoyed one and all including the cricketing fraternity as well. The duo had apologised but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had put them under provisional suspension. As per reports, he had also lost out on a contract with a men's razor & shaving product. Meanwhile, his father Himanshu Pandya had come to defend his son and termed him as an ínnocent boy'. The duo's suspension did not last long and they were recalled for the away series against New Zealand after the Australian series.
Hardik then participated in the 2019 IPL where he had represented Mumbai Indians where he had showcased an excellent performance by scoring 402 runs and picking up 14 wickets in 16 games as the Mumbai franchise won their record fourth IPL title. During the tournament, both Pandya and Rahul were fined Rs.20 lakh each for their controversial remarks on the talk show. The silver lining in the dark cloud for Hardik was his selection in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 where he had an impressive tournament, especially against Pakistan. He finished the tournament with 226 runs and 10 wickets in 9 matches. In the semi-finals against New Zealand, he lost his wicket just when he looked set as India crashed out after an 18-run loss.
The star all-rounder was then rested for the West Indies series and he was seen having fun with his older brother Krunal. First the Pandya brothers were seen singing Dhanush's 'Why This Kolaveri Di?' at a karaoke night while hanging out with their friends.
The brothers were then spotted were seen driving in a Lamborghini Huracan Evo in Mumbai which reportedly costs a whopping Rs.3.73 Crore.
Hardik had nearly knocked off Krunal's head during a net session as well. He then made his comeback in the two-match T20I series against South Africa but failed to impress as he managed to score only 14 runs and pick up two wickets in two games.
Hardik Pandya successfully underwent surgery for his lower-back injury last week. The Indian all-rounder was injured during the Asia Cup in UAE last year. However, Hardik Pandya recovered in time to play the 12th season of Indian Premier League (IPL) and the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England. The injury once again resurfaced after India’s home T20I series against South Africa last month. Pandya traveled to London earlier this month with Team India physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar. The Baroda all-rounder is expected to stay out of cricketing action for a minimum of 12-16 weeks. He is likely to be declared match-fit before the thirteenth edition of IPL next year.