Mumbai Indians’ star all-rounder, Hardik Pandya has opened up on the dressing room environment in the Mumbai Indians (MI) squad. Hardik Pandya has gone on to become one of the greatest assets of team India. The flamboyant hitter has evolved as one of the great all-rounders in modern-day cricket, and a lot of credit for it goes to the way his IPL franchise, Mumbai Indians have groomed him.
Hardik Pandya made his debut for Mumbai Indians in the 2015 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the most followed T20 franchise T20 league competition in the world. Since then, Hardik has not looked back and made his debut for the Indian team as well. Today, he is one of the most sought after all-rounders in world cricket.
Now, Hardik Pandya, in a recent chat with Cricbuzz, has opened up on the Mumbai Indians dressing room environment and the one cricketer who was a father figure in the camp.
Hardik Pandya Names An Australian Legend As The Father Figure In The Mumbai Indians Squad
“Ricky Ponting was someone who looked after me the best. He looked after me like a child. I used to feel like he was my father figure there,” Hardik told Cricbuzz during a conversation with eminent cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle.
“Ricky taught me so many things, he taught me situations, he taught me mindset, how strong you should be. As a new boy in 2015, I used to sit next to the hoardings. Ricky used to sit down with me and speak about the game. (With all these conversations) I started learning quickly,” Hardik Pandya further said.
Ricky Ponting Has Been A Legend Of The Sport
Ricky Ponting is widely known as one of the best skippers in the history of international cricket. Ponting used to lead one of the deadliest and dominant teams the world of cricket has ever witnessed. Ponting led Australia in 77 Tests (48 wins) while he took charge in 228 ODIs (162 wins). He also led his team to two back-to-back World Cups in 2003 and 2007, taking his overall title tally to three.
Ponting also coached the Mumbai Indians in the IPL from 2014 to 2016. Ponting was appointed as the new coach of Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) in the IPL on 3 January 2018.