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India’s exuberant all-rounder, Hardik Pandya has shed light on how MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli helped him in grooming himself during his initial days. Hardik Pandya has emerged as a match-winner for team India ever since his debut with the senior national side and has not looked back ever since.
When he broke onto the international scene in 2016, MS Dhoni was a key figure of the team and was the senior-most member in the squad. Virat Kohli followed him on the experience chart as he had also played a lot of international cricket when Hardik Pandya had just made a mark for himself in world cricket.
Now, Hardik has revealed as to how both the senior players assumed their responsibilities and helped him grow as a player and a human being as well.
Hardik Pandya Sheds Light On His Learning From His Seniors
Discussing various aspects of his on and off-field life, Hardik spoke about how he looks up to various cricketers as ‘role models’, learning different aspects of the game from them.
“We have such beautiful relations, our families are in touch,” Hardik said on his relationship with Kieron Pollard. “We talk despite all the time differences in the West Indies, we make sure we talk at least once in a month. I look up to him as my senior, my role model.”
Hardik Pandya Heaps Praise On Virat Kohli And MS Dhoni
Delving on the subject of role models, Hardik revealed how he has tried to grab onto the calmness that Dhoni possesses on the field and the appetite Virat Kohli has to score runs. Rather than following one player, the younger of the Pandya brothers try to inculcate different attributes in him to become a better version of himself.
“I never had one specific role model. I always wanted to learn from the best, different things from different people, and I wanted to combine that in my game – Mahi bhai’s calmness, Virat’s hunger. From 2015, when I made it to the IPL, I always wanted to learn from people. That’s when I realised that Polly is someone who relates to my game,” he explained to Bhogle.