Saumy Pandey is an Indian cricketer who served as the vice-captain of the Indian U19 cricket team in 2023.
Saumy Kumar Pandey was born on Thursday, 4 November 2004 (age 19 years; as of 2023) in Bharatpur, district Sidhi, Madhya Pradesh. His zodiac sign is Scorpio. He did his schooling at Kendriya Vidyalaya Number-1, Rewa, Madhya Pradesh. When he was five years old, during his Haridwar visit with his parents, a priest predicted that Saumy would become either an engineer or a doctor when he grew up. However, Saumy was unhappy with this prediction and expressed his desire to become a cricketer instead. When Saumy turned six years old, his father met cricket coach Aril Anthony. Together, they decided to enrol Saumy at the Vindh Cricket Academy, which was located about 30 kilometres away from his hometown of Bharatpur in Madhya Pradesh.
Height (approx.): 5′ 9″
Weight (approx.): 70 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Body Measurements (approx.): Chest: 40″, Waist: 32″, Biceps: 12″
Parents & Siblings
His father, Krishna Kumar Pandey, and mother, Sharmila Pandey, are both government school teachers.
He is unmarried.
At the age of 8, Saumy Pandey was selected to play for the Under-14 cricket team of DCA Sidhi for Rewa Division. At age 9, he began playing for the Under-14 team of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association. When he turned 16, Saumy Pandey played for the Under-19 cricket team of Madhya Pradesh and also captained it for some time. In 2023, Saumy Pandey was a part of the U19 High-Performance camp organized by the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore.
In December 2023, he made his international debut in Johannesburg and played against the Afghanistan U19 cricket team.
- Saumy Pandey’s father once mentioned in a media conversation that Saumy was born premature. As a child, he frequently suffered from cold, cough, and headaches due to changes in the weather. To improve his health, the doctor recommended some physical activities like cycling or swimming. His father said,
Since my wife and I returned home from work only in the evening, we had to find a suitable sport. We decided cricket would be a good option as he was inclined towards the sport. He used to keep the bat and ball close to him while sleeping as a kid.”
- Despite being physically unfit, Saumy was determined to play cricket. He consulted with the doctor regularly to ensure that it was safe for him to pursue his dream. Despite his health challenges, he did not give up on his passion.
- His jersey number is 4.
- During the U19 World Cup in South Africa in 2024, Saumy Pandey took 16 wickets in 5 matches, including three 4-wicket hauls and a hat-trick. His playing style drew comparisons to Ravindra Jadeja, who gained fame 16 years earlier for his performances at the U19 World Cup. However, he stated that Ravindra Jadeja was a legend, and it was unfair for him to be compared with Ravindra.
- He enjoys travelling to distant places, swimming, and dancing in his leisure time.