It was a sensational bowling performance by Hardik Pandya which helped India end day two of the Trent Bridge Test against England on a dominating position. Pandya bagged his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket to leave England in a precarious situation.

Of late, Hardik had come to the Test match facing criticism from every quarter for his role in the team. He, with his excellent show, replied the critics and made it pretty clear in the press conference that he doesn’t care who is saying what on his game. The team is backing him and that what matters most for the all-rounder.

When Hardik gifted his coach a car

However, Hardik Pandya’s childhood coach, Jitendra Singh recalled the incident when the 21-year-old Hardik had just returned from Australia after his maiden India tour. He played three T20Is and was pretty impressive in his first three matches. Pandya went to his academy and took his sir to a car showroom and gifted him a brand new car.

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Hardik Pandya bagged his maiden five-wicket haul in Day 2 of the 3rd Test against England. 9Image Courtesy: Getty Images)

Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya went through a lot of hardships during their growing up days –

“Hardik had come to meet me after the Australia tour for which he was selected for the first time in India squad. He straight away took me to a car showroom, where he and Krunal (elder brother) gifted me a car,” Jitendra recollected.

He further revealed Hardik and Krunal went through a lot of hardships while they were growing up.

The brothers would train two sessions a day under the scorching heat and only had Maggi for meals due to the poor financial condition.

“They should pay me now that I have made them famous,” Hardik said during a recent web show on youtube.

Hardik got introduced to cricket on the insistence of former Indian wicketkeeper Kiran More. At that point, More was coaching Krunal in his academy. More decided to channelize a restless Hardik into a constructive player.

“I am originally from Surat. But since the cricket facility was better in Baroda, I decided to shift shifted with my family as we were then thinking about Krunal’s cricket. Krunal started the training under Kiran More, and seven-year-old Hardik used to accompany him at the academy. Kiran Sir (More) asked him to come to his Academy and didn’t even charge my boys any coaching fee,” father Himanshu told PTI today.