Hardik Pandya, Mumbai Indians all-rounder has travelled down memory lane and shared an interview from his teenage. In the interview, he can be seen talking about his and elder brother Krunal Pandya’s plan to emulate the feats of Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan.
Hardik Pandya wrote on the day of the IPL 2021 auction to not underestimate the power of dreams. The big-hitting all-rounder came into the limelight after he was picked by 5-time champions Mumbai Indians in IPL 2015. He grabbed the opportunity with both his hands and the rest, as they say, rest is history.
Hardik Pandya: IPL Auction Reminds Me Of How Far We’ve Come
Hardik Pandya, all-rounder of the 5 time IPL champions Mumbai Indians, scored 281 runs in 14 games in IPL 2020 and didn’t bowl to avoid aggravating back pain for having surgery in 2019. He has amassed 1349 runs in 80 IPL games averaging 29.97 and taken 42 scalps averaging 31.26. IPL 2020 remains the only time he hasn’t bowled and hasn’t taken a solitary scalp.
On the other hand, brother Krunal Pandya who scored 109 runs and took 6 scalps in 16 games in IPL 2020, has exactly 1000 runs beside his name averaging 25 and taken 46 wickets from 71 appearances.
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) February 18, 2021
The 27-year-old is India’s key player in all three formats of the game. He has won several matches for India single-handedly and showed the world that dreams do come true.
Hardik Pandya And Krunal Pandya Dreamt To Play For Baroda And Then India Like Pathan Brothers
On Thursday, Hardik Pandya shared a video that included his childhood interview in it.
“Just like Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan, it’s our (Krunal Pandya and his) dream to go on to play for Baroda and India,” he can be heard saying.
So far, the younger Pandya has played 11 Tests, 57 ODIs, and 43 T20Is for India, while Krunal Pandya has featured in 18 T20Is. The next clips in the video show Hardik Pandya playing in Mumbai Indians and India jerseys, sitting in a private jet, posing for photoshoots, and practising hard for the journey ahead.’
Yusuf Pathan has played 174 IPL games, scoring 3204 runs and taken 42 wickets while Irfan Pathan has played 103 IPL games taking 80 scalps and scoring 1139 runs.
As many as 292 players will go under the hammer from 3 pm onwards on February 18 in Chennai. 179 players out of the list are uncapped and a successful bid for the stars in the making can see them becoming the next Hardik Pandya of world cricket.