How many of you will believe if I say, “Hardy Sandhu, the star singer, has represented India in U-19 cricket.” Not many are aware of the fact that the singer-turned-actor has played alongside a number of star Indian players including Shikhar Dhawan, Ishant Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara and Robin Uthappa.
In a recent interview, the singer opened up about his journey in the life. He revealed some unknown facts like sharing the dressing room with Indian Cricket Star and the injury which ended his career as a cricketer.
“I played for around ten years. I have played for the U19 cricket team with Shikhar Dhawan. He was my roommate, and I have also played with Cheteshwar Pujara and Ishant Sharma. But in 2006, I had an elbow injury. I was a fast bowler, and the injury was on my right arm. I tried to get treatment here, but kuch hua nahi [nothing happened],” quoted Hardy Sandhu.
Hardy Sandhu aka Hardavinder Singh Sandhu (original name) has also represented his state i.e. Punjab in the Ranji Trophy during the 2005-06 season. The fast bowler played threematches in the season, picking 12 wickets at an average of 26, an economy rate of 3.35 and a strike rate of 46.5. As a right-arm fast-medium bowler, he made his first class debut against Hyderabad and went on to play the subsequent matches against Uttar Pradesh and Baroda.
But the destiny wanted him to be an artist instead of a sports champ, the injury that he picked was the worst a fast bowler can imagine. And in his own words, he never healed form the injury.
“I then decided to go to Australia to see good doctors and physiotherapists. I got a student visa and thought if my treatment is successful, I will come back to India and start playing again.
“Warna padhai karke, wahin settle ho jaunga [Else, I would study and settle there only]. I was there for 11 months and in that period, I met a lot of doctors, par kuch hua nahi. Wahantaxi bhi chalayi [I used to ride a taxi over there],” Sandhu said.
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— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) February 17, 2020
Hardy Sandhu debuted in world of singing with his solo track ‘Tequila Shot’ in 2012. In thevery next year, his next solo track ‘Aashqui Te Loan’ was realesed. He made his debut in the Bollywood with the song ‘Ki Kariye Nachna Aaonda Nahi’ from the movie ‘Tum Bin II’ (2016).
He also made his debut as an actor in the Punjabi Cinema with the movie ‘Yaaran Da Ketchup’ in 2014. He was in lead role in an another movie named ‘Mahi NRI’. The movie was released in the year 2017. And now, he is all set to make his debut in the Bollywood in the supporting role of Madan Lal in Kabir Khan’s ‘83’. Ranveer Singh is playing the lead role of Kapil Dev in the movie.