India star Hardik Pandya has quashed reports suggesting he is looking to quit Mumbai Indians in the upcoming season of Indian Premier League. Media reports had indicated that the all-round sensation was looking to make himself available in the auction next year in an attempt to play for any other franchise.
However, the 24-year old rubbished the reports, stating that he was disappointed to hear the ‘false’ news.
“I was disappointed when I heard this news because this is false. This team has given me everything. Why would I leave it? My life changed when I got a chance to play for MI (Mumbai Indians), and then I never looked back. I had a small failure, and that’s why I learned to be even more professional. You need to understand that some things are bad. That’s how you improve in life,” Pandya was quoted as saying by News18.
Pandya was signed by three-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians in 2015, and it turned out to be an inspired decision as the all-rounder went on to become an integral part of the team. In the very first season, he made a big impression with an unbeaten 31-ball 61 against Kolkata Knight Riders and followed it up with a brilliant outing in Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy.
The performance helped him to get his maiden call from Team India, and the right-handed batsman is now an integral part of the national team across formats.
Barring the Man of the Match award in his first ODI game, Pandya did not have the best of starts to his international career, but he has turned his career around this year with some scintillating performances. An impressive outing in the Champions Trophy was followed by a memorable debut Test series before he came up with the Man of the Series performance against Australia.
Meanwhile, the all-rounder further heaped praise on his senior teammates – Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni.
“I have learned from both of them, they are amazing. I take a lot of advice from Dhoni. Virat is a gem of a guy. We keep on laughing; we keep on pulling each other’s legs. We have a very strong bond,” said Pandya.
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