Hardik Pandya shone brightly in the first ODI against Australia in Sydney on Friday, top-scoring for the Indian team. Hardik Pandya batted at number five, coming when India found itself under pressure, losing four while chasing 375 with only 101 on the board. While his responsible and calculated innings of 90 from 75 deliveries was not enough, the 26-year old admitted that fatherhood has made all things for the better.
On the last week of June, Hardik Pandya and Natasa Stankovic were blessed with their first child and named him as Agastya two months later. While things had not panned out well for the Baroda-born all-rounder on the field, it was the complete opposite off it. He married Natasa in January and had their child a few months later. And things have transpired well ever since.
Hardik Pandya was part of Mumbai Indians’ squad in IPL 2020 and lifted its fifth title. The 26-year old was in blistering form throughout the tournament, hammering 281 runs in 14 games at 35.13 with a strike rate of 178.98. Hardik carried that form in the ODI series too, clubbing 90 runs and shared a partnership of 128 with Shikhar Dhawan to give India a genuine chance of winning. Dhawan’s departure magnified the pressure on him, leading to his dismissal too.
A lot of things have changed: Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya underlined that one starts to think differently automatically when a child takes birth, admitting that all the changes that have come are for the better. Pandya revealed that when he separated from him, his son was 15 days old and now would be four months when he returns home. Hence, plenty of things have altered, acknowledging that it’s the best time of his life.
“It automatically becomes when your kid takes birth; you begin to think differently about life. And I think my perspective towards my family has changed, as a person I have changed, and I think the change has come for better. I’m missing my family, waiting to see my son. When I left him, he was 15 days old and when I return home, it would be four months. So, a lot of things have changed, but it is all for the best and it’s the best time of life,” Pandya said in a video posted by BCCI’s official Twitter handle.
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 2020