Priyank Panchal is a cricketer from India who represents the Gujarat team in the domestic circuit. He gained the limelight after getting selected as a third opener in the Indian Test team in place of injured Rohit Sharma for the tour of South Africa beginning 26 December 2021 to 15 January 2022. Basically, he is a right-handed batter who occasionally bowls right-arm medium pace for his team.
Priyank Panchal was born on Sunday, 9 April 1990 (age 33 years; as of 2023) in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. His zodiac sign is Aries. He started playing cricket at a very young age and got good support from his father. His father maintained a very strict diet for him to ensure his fitness at the optimum level. The first time, he started playing was in the Polly Umrigar Trophy for the Under-15 squad. Thereon, he started competing at the higher level and soon bagged his place in the Ranji squad for Gujarat. He was part of the Gujarat side that won the Ranji title in 2016 where Priyank emerged as the highest run-getter. He also remained the captain of the India Red side in the Duleep Trophy that went on to win the tournament in September 2019.
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Weight (approx.): 70 kg
Hair Colour: Dark Brown
Eye Colour: Natural Black
Parents & Siblings
Priyank Panchal’s father name is Kirit Panchal. He died when Priyank was 15 years old due to cardiac arrest. His mother’s name is unknown.
He has an elder sister whose name is Brinda Panchal and she is a fashion designer.
The first player to score a triple century for Gujarat in November 2016.
First-classMatches- 100Innings- 163Runs- 7011Highest Score- 314*Average- 45.52Ball Faced- 13290Strike rate- 52.75%100s- 2450s- 254s- 8856s- 49
List-AMatches- 75Innings- 75Runs- 2854Highest Score- 135*Average- 40.19Ball Faced- 3622Strike rate- 78.79%100s- 550s- 184s- 3056s- 28
T20Matches- 50Innings- 49Runs- 1327Highest Score- 79Average- 29.48Ball Faced- 1045Strike rate- 126.98100s- 050s- 84s- 1476s- 30
First-classMatches- 100Innings- 53Balls- 1638Runs- 761Wickets- 14Best Bowling in an Inning- 3/0Best Bowling in a Match- 4/20Bowling Average- 54.35Economy- 2.78Strike rate- 1170%
List-AMatches- 75Innings- 12Balls- 166Runs- 123Wickets- 4Best Bowling in an Inning- 1/0Best Bowling in a Match- 1/0Bowling Average- 30.75Economy- 4.44Strike rate- 41.50%
T20Matches- 50Innings- 6Balls- 66Runs- 83Wickets- 4Best Bowling in an Inning- 4/19Best Bowling in a Match- 4/19Bowling Average- 20.75Economy- 7.54Strike rate- 16.50%
- India A
- India B
- India Green
- India Red
- West Zone
- Abahani Limited
Priyank Panchal got his place in the Indian side for the tour of South Africa 2021/22. Talking about his inclusion, he said,
“It was just three days back that I returned home from South Africa. I hadn’t even unpacked properly, and now, I find myself landing in Mumbai (to join the team India bio-bubble). “I’ve been doing well since the last few years for Gujarat and India ‘A’ and I’ve been waiting for this chance for many years, but I didn’t expect to get this chance. This is a pleasant surprise.”
However, it’s not the first time that he is representing India on an international platform. Before that, in January 2021, he was part of the squad as a reserve player for the tour of England. Also, he was once part of the Indian dressing room for a Nagpur Test in 2012 as a cover replacement.
His first major tournament was a 2003-04 Polly Umrigar Trophy at the Under-15 level. In 2005-06, he played at the Under-17 level in 2005-06 Vijay Merchant Trophy. In this tournament, he scored a century. On 27 February 2008, he made his List-A debut for Gujarat against Maharashtra in the Vijay Hazare Trophy where he scored 123 runs off 115 balls which included 17 fours and one six.
In the following season, he featured in his first Ranji match against Saurashtra which was won by his team; Gujarat by an inning margin. He scored the most runs in the Ranji Trophy season 2016-17 with 1310 runs in 17 innings with an average of 87.33 which, helped Gujarat to win their maiden title in the Ranji Trophy. In the same season, he scored 314 runs against Punjab which earned him the title for being the first triple centurion for Gujarat ever.
After scoring most runs for his team, he said,
“If my father was alive today, he would have been proud to see me reach this level and score so many runs for Gujarat.”
He then played for India Green in the 2018-19 Duleep Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy. In Vijay Hazare Trophy, he emerged as the highest run-scorer for Gujarat with 367 runs in eight games. In August 2019, he became the captain of the India Red team in the 2019-20 Duleep Trophy. In October 2019, he played the 2019-20 Deodhar Trophy for India-B. In 2019, Priyank Panchal scored gritty 160 runs against Sri Lanka at home. In the following year, he scored a century for India A against New Zealand A at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. In the second unofficial test at Port of Spain against West Indies A, he scored 58 and 68 runs in both innings respectively at a time when 19 wickets fell on the same day.
Madhavrao Scindia Award for being the highest scorer during the 2016-17 Ranji season.
- Batting Shot: Straight Drive
- His father died when he was 15 years old, but he didn’t give up and maintained his focus on the game. Talking about him, he told during an interview that,
“My father loved cricket and his contribution to my life can’t be described in words. He has helped me reach where I am today and his absence made me even stronger.”
- Besides being a professional cricketer, Priyank Panchal works as a tax assistant at the income tax office in Ahmedabad. He got this government job through a Sports quota in 2014.
- During his starting days as a cricketer, ex-Gujarati Ranji player Kiran Brahmbhatt was his coach with whom he was coached for four years.
- Besides cricket, he is a science geek who is fascinated by artificial intelligence, robotics, algorithms on how stock markets work, and how airfares rise and fall.
- He is also an avid reader and writer. He has a large collection of books in his house which, he often reads when he gets time. He also has a habit of writing a diary every day where he writes daily motivational quotes to stay motivated and also update his daily experiences.
- He is highly fascinated with science. He has an interest in artificial intelligence, robotics, algorithms on how stock markets work, and how airfares rise and fall.