Hardik Pandya is unrecognisable in throwback photo from 2011 World Cup celebration

first_imgIndia all-rounder Hardik Pandya is gearing up for his maiden appearance in a 50-over World Cup. Hardik was picked up as the first-choice all-rounder in India’s 15-man squad for the quadrennial global cricket tournament, starting May 30 in the United Kingdom.Hardik who reached England along with Virat Kohli’s Team India earlier this week took to social media to share a photograph of his young self from 2011. Hardik, arguably unrecognisable, can be seen celebrating India’s World Cup triumph from that year.Hardik can be seen “celebrating and cheering” for MS Dhoni-led side along with his friends.Cut to 2019, Hardik is seen posing with MS Dhoni, the hero of India’s 2011 World Cup triumph. Dhoni, 38, is India’s first-choice wicketkeeper at World Cup 2019.”From cheering and celebrating India’s World Cup triumph in 2011 to representing #TeamIndia in World Cup 2019, it has been a dream come true,” Hardik wrote as caption for the throwback photograph.From cheering and celebrating India’s World Cup triumph in 2011 to representing #TeamIndia in World Cup 2019, it has been a dream come true #cwc19 pic.twitter.com/6fDyB29y5rhardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) May 24, 2019Hardik Pandya made his international debut in January 2016 during India’s tour of Australia. The 25-year-old all-rounder grabbed eyeballs with his performance for Mumbai Indians in his maiden Indian Premier League season in 2015.Hardik went on to shine in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament in 2016. He top-scored for Baroda with 377 runs in just 10 matches.Hardik has never looked back from there as he has been one of the mainstays in India’s limited-overs squads. Hardik suffered a major setback earlier this year when he was suspended over controversial comments he had made during a popular television show in January.advertisementHowever, Hardik Pandya managed to make a strong comeback after his return from suspension. The Mumbai Indians star smashed 402 runs at a staggering strike rate of over 190 and played a crucial role in MI’s title-winning run in Indian Premier League 2019.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Unperturbed by chatter, Dinesh Karthik ready to deliver for IndiaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan suffers finger injury ahead of Australia warm-up gameAlso See:last_img

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