India and Mumbai Indians superstar all-rounder, Hardik Pandya took to Twitter, on Thursday, to inspire youngsters – and everyone in general – to never shy away from dreaming big and setting high goals.
Since on Thursday (February 18), the IPL 2021 auction is going to take place, in Chennai, Hardik Pandya takes a trip down memory lane when he and his brother Krunal Pandya has taken up cricket and wanted to emulate the former India and Baroda pair, Irfan and Yusuf Pathan.
“Don’t ever underestimate the power of your dreams. Blessed and grateful #IPLAuction always reminds me of just how far we’ve come,” tweeted Hardik Pandya with a video.
Our dream is to play for Baroda and India: Hardik Pandya
In 2015, the right-hander was picked up by Mumbai Indians after impressing their scouts. Hardik came as a boon not only to Mumbai but then to Indian cricket – who was in the hunt for a seam-bowling all-rounder – as in less than a year of making his IPL debut, he donned the India shirt.
In 2016, Krunal Pandya was also bought by the Rohit Sharma-led franchise and he too made his India debut in 2018.
In the video shared by Hardik, there is a clip of an interview as a child.
“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 is seen saying in the video.
The video post is then ladened with images of Hardik sweating out in training, his maiden Test century for India versus Sri Lanka, himself with the IPL 2020 trophy for MI, images of his family comprising of wife Nataša Stanković and son Agastya, and alongside Krunal as both the all-rounders became the third Indian set of brothers to play international cricket together.
As far as the Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2021 auction are concerned, the 5-time champions have 15.35 crores to buy a maximum of 7 empty slots. While MI has retained 10 of the 11 players which won the final last season, they would be looking for overseas pacers after releasing all but Trent Boult from that section.
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) February 18, 2021