Hardik Pandya has become an integral part of Team India in the last two years. His all-round abilities have given the team management a luxury to play an extra batsman if needed. He has recently revealed something which changed his career in the past.
Hardik Pandya had turned to MS Dhoni for support with regards to how he can manage the pressure of international cricket. Dhoni told him to always put the team first. The former Indian skipper, being an established finisher himself, told Pandya to always keep the eyes on team score rather than individual total.
“MS told me once, that if you want to get rid off the pressure of your own pressure then stop looking at your score on the scoreboard. Put the team in front and you will never feel the pressure. To be honest, since then I have never felt that kind of pressure that I used to feel earlier.”
Hardik Pandya has also thanked Rahul Dravid for helping him out after a poor IPL season in the year 2015. This is what he further added, “You have to pick the right delivery to attack and there is no such thing as a natural game”. These kinds of lessons from Rahul Dravid helped him in the shaping of his career as a finisher in limited-overs cricket. Hardik Pandya learnt about putting the situation first and after that his natural instincts.
Hardik Pandya is well on course for recovering from injury and making a comeback to competitive cricket. But there are still some dark clouds over his fitness. He wasn't able to board the flight to New Zealand with India ‘A' due to not clearing the fitness test. He was also not selected in the recently declared India T20 squad for the tour of New Zealand. Chief selector MSK Prasad has said that they will wait till the third week of January before taking any decisions on Hardik Pandya. Pandya, however, is expected to make a return to the domestic circuit for his state team Baroda.
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