Hardik Pandya made his debut for India back in 2016 and ever since has carved himself as an essential member of the national team, especially in the limited-overs formats. The Baroda all-rounder has played Test cricket as well for the last two years, but hasn’t been consistent in red-ball cricket. Recently, he had the privilege of playing the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.
He was rested for India’s tour of the West Indies, but has been picked for the T20I series against South Africa that gets underway on September 15. In the meantime, Kieron Pollard, with whom Hardik shares the dressing room for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL), lauded the Indian all-rounder.
The West Indies batsman hailed him as an Indian superstar. Moreover, Pollard is impressed by the way Hardik carries himself. As per Pollard, a person, who can carry the confidence off the field to the cricket pitch, has a great character.
Kieron Pollard’s words of praises for Hardik Pandya
“I have seen him from when he started at Mumbai and I am not surprised. He has turned into an Indian superstar. The way he carries himself and the manner in which Hardik plays emulates how he is off the field and sometimes when you see guys like that, we as individuals who are very conservative tend to always have negative things to say.
But, you know, when you are a confident person off the field and you can take that on to the field and perform, I think that shows great mettle in the human itself,” Pollard, who’s very close to Hardik, was quoted as saying in India Today.
Earlier this year, Hardik got himself tangled into a controversy on a TV show along with KL Rahul. He was sent back midway from the tour of Australia. Later, he made his comeback in New Zealand also played the IPL where he scored 402 runs and picked up 14 wickets. Speaking on the matter, Pollard said that Hardik can only improve from thereon.
“He has gone through a lot in his little time, but he can only get better from here. He puts in a lot of hard work. I am not overly surprised at what he is doing at this point of time,” Pollard added.
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