Star all-rounder of the Mumbai Indians (MI) squad, Hardik Pandya, has opened up on the difficulty of being splitter with his wife Natasa Stankovic and his new-born son, Agastya, in order to travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for 3 months to compete in IPL 2020. Pandya has enjoyed a decent form so far in the tournament and so has his team, Mumbai Indians.
On 1st January 2020, Hardik officially got engaged to Natasa, who is a Serbian actress, model, and dancer. Natasa has also acted in some Bollywood movies and Hindi Web series along with participating in the reality shows Big Boss 8 and Nach Baliye 9. On this Sunday (31st May), Hardik Pandya took the social media accounts to reveal that they are expecting a baby.
Hardik and Natasa were blessed with a baby boy on July 1 but the all-rounder had to travel to UAE towards the end of August for the IPL.
It Was A Tough Decision: Hardik Pandya
“It is been just a fantastic time for me to spend even 15 days before I left for UAE with my child and Natasa. It is one of the toughest things that is why I told Natasa as well that if it is going to pain this much I will make it worth it,” Pandya said in a video posted by the franchise on their official Twitter handle.
“Lot of things have changed from my back surgery to getting my life partner, to having my child. I cannot express the feeling but I can tell you one thing, this has taught me lots of things in my life. I have realised lots of things in my life,” he added.
I Have Changed As A Person Since I Have Become A Father: Hardik Pandya
“I think I’m in a much better space. Now I’m a father. It has given me immense pleasure and at the same point of time I think I have realised that the love for the family has increased a lot,” the all-rounder said.
“Yes, I always loved my family but now the importance in my life is my family. I think because of that I have changed as a person. It has given me motivation as well and now everything is going to be for Agastya and for my family. I think I come in that list last now,” he added.
“When I was leaving, it was one of the most difficult things for me. I have never felt this emotional before any series or any tournament. This was the time when I was coming to the UAE it was proper pain emotion wise. In the end, I had to tell myself and my partner that don’t worry this will be worth it,” Hardik concluded.
Mumbai Indians have enjoyed a stellar run in the tournament so far as they have managed to win 6 out of the 8 games until now. Thier seat in the playoffs seems very stable here and next up, they will be against Kings XI Punjab (KXIp in match 36 of IPL 2020 on Sunday.