Since his debut, all rounder Hardik Pandya has taken the cricketing world by storm. His explosive batting, complemented by his accurate bowling has made him one of the very first names on the team sheet. Absolutely flying in his cricketing life, Pandya has opened up about his off field life while talking to Sports Star Live.
Pandya talked about the legendary Rahul Dravid, the present ‘A’ team coach of India, “Even recently I read an article where he said he does not believe in natural abilities. It is a fact. You can’t just be hitting everything when your team requires you to play in a certain way. It’s all about the team. For me, it’s the same. I don’t have any personal agenda, I don’t have an eye on individual records. When a teammate was asked about his plan for a match during a team meeting (during the ‘A’ tour), he said: “I’ll play my natural game.”
Pandya added, “And then Dravid explained there’s nothing like a natural game. I kind of understood what he was trying to say. If your team is like 45 for six, and if you go out and hit in the air, get out and say it’s my natural game, that’s not one’s natural game. For me, it’s stupidity. Natural game may help in certain situations, but not all the time. He (Dravid) always cited examples of being smart enough to tweak the game according to the situation. I am fortunate enough to learn it from the legends.”
With his form, it was only a matter of time when comparisons with the Legendary Kapil Dev came into play. To this, Pandya shshyly replied, “As I have said earlier, if I achieve even 10 per cent of what he has in his life, it would be a huge achievement for me. I don’t think anyone needs to compare me with anyone. I may have sounded laughable when I said two years ago that India won’t need an all-rounder now (that I have arrived). I don’t need comparisons with anyone. They are greats, let them be greats. The tag that they have, they deserve it. Let me play as Hardik Pandya, it’s simple as that.”
When asked about his future planning, he said, “Not many. I just want to take things as they come. I want to live in the present and not think too much about the future. I just get excited by a few things, that’s it. I want to live in the present. I do get excited about a few series. South Africa, I am definitely excited about it. New Zealand also I am pretty excited. I like to play big teams. I’m pretty excited about the role I have”.
With the ‘One of the world’s best all rounder’ tag already on his head, Pandya can achieve greater heights if he keeps his foot down & performs to his level best.