Hardik Pandya has rubbished reports claiming the all-rounder wanted to be on IPL's auction block next season, by stating that playing for Mumbai Indians has been a life-changing experience for him and the team gave him everything. He also talked about his bonding with MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli.
Pandya has played 37 matches in the cash-rich cricket league so far, in which he has scored 406 runs at the strike rate of 142.45 along with 10 IPL wickets showcasing his talents as a capable all-rounder. In the recent past, he has risen rapidly in the international cricket circuit becoming a crucial member of the limited-overs Indian squad.
Earlier, there were some reports which claimed that Pandya has informed the BCCI about his desire to leave the Mumbai Indians and be a part of the mega-auction that is scheduled to take in 2018. However, the 24-year-old has now dismissed those claims.
“I was disappointed when I heard this news because this is false. This team has given me everything. Why would I leave it? My life changed when I got a chance to play for MI (Mumbai Indians) and then I never looked back. I had a small failure and that’s why I learned to be even more professional. You need to understand that some things are bad. That’s how you improve in life,” stated Hardik Pandya according to News18.
Pandya played 29 ODIs in which he scored 584 runs and grabbed 31 wickets. Along with that, he featured in 24 T20Is in which he scored 140 runs and claimed 17 wickets. In the past, there have been many instances where Indian skipper Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni showed trust in him by calling upon his services in crucial moments.
The latest such example would be in the third T20I against New Zealand, where the visitors restricted India to only 67 runs in eight overs. Later, while chasing the target, New Zealand needed 19 runs in the last over and Kohli handed the ball to Pandya. The confident bowler ended up giving away only12 in it and guiding his team to a six-run victory.
The Baroda all-rounder also stated that he has learned a lot from experienced Dhoni and Kohli in the team and shares a great camaraderie