Meet this Punjabi Cricketer Turned Singing Sensation
Hardy Sandhu is widely famous for his hit songs latest being the “Naah” featuring Norah Fatehi.
However, many don’t know that he started as a professional cricketer. Previously Hardy a.ka. Hardevinder Sandhu had to switch career due to an elbow injury.
Meanwhile, his cricketing career was brief, but it was enough to make him a well-known face in the Punjabi cricket circuit. Sandhu was an all-rounder, bowling right-arm medium pace.
He played three first-class games for Punjab scoring 312 runs and bagging 12 wickets.
However, his dream of playing for India got a blow after suffering an elbow injury, and he bid cricket adieu in 2007. Sandhu, further admitted he wanted to be a cricketer since his childhood.
He also admitted he shortened his name because it was difficult for his friends to pronounce.
“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,” Sandhu said to Circle of Bollywood last month.
“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. I was there for 11 months and in that period, I met a lot of doctors, par kuch hua nahi. Wahan taxi bhi chalayi,” he added.
However, Sandhu’s switch to singing became a success. More than two crore people watched ‘Naah’ on Youtube in just 20 days.
Sandhu’s other song ‘Backbone’ was also a huge hit and has over 17 crores views on YouTube. He has also acted in a Punjabi movie called ‘Yaaran Da Catch Up’ which became a hit in Punjab.
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