Former Indian National Cricket team player Kiran More believes that his ward Hardik Pandya will evolve as a changed person out of the recent controversy surrounding his comments on a talk show. Meanwhile, the all-rounder received a lot of social media flak for his sexist and misogynistic comments on Koffee With Karan.

Pandya although has issued an apology in reply to BCCI showcause notice, but the matter is due to close anytime soon. The apex body has sought for legal help and has suspended Hardik Pandya along with KL Rahul until further notice. However, the mentor of the Baroda all-rounder, Kiran More is confident that Pandya has learnt his lesson from this mistake.

We all make mistakes and we all learn from them. He is new to international cricket and I am sure he has learnt his lessons [from this incident]. I am sure, he will be a changed person. We will have a heart-to-heart conversation once he is back. Hardik is a very nice guy and an honest person. He has reached this level purely on his talent and skills. He is a hard worker. His priority is cricket and that will never change till the time he is playing,” More said to mid-day.

It was important for him to get some game time

Hardik Pandya, meanwhile, is making a comeback from a lower-back injury he sustained during the Asia Cup in the UAE. As a result, Kiran More feels it was necessary for him to get some playing time with the ICC World Cup in sight.

Since he was making a comeback into the team after an injury, it is important he gets enough game time [playing ODIs] before the World Cup [in June]. He is an important cog in the Indian team and lends a lot of balance. I am hoping he will be allowed to play in the New Zealand series. The Indian team and the BCCI have invested a lot in nurturing Hardik. I am confident all those efforts will not go waste,” More concluded.