Mumbai Indians allrounder Hardik Pandya, on Friday (May 18), said that it was a dream come true for him to be a part of the franchise.
Pandya first grabbed the eyeballs when he made his first appearance in the Indian Premier League for Mumbai Indians. The three-time IPL champions signed him in 2015, and it turned out to be an inspired decision. Pandya 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. The allrounder is now an integral part of the national team across formats.
The Baroda star is a two-time IPL champion with Mumbai Indians (Credits: BCCI)
Time and again, Pandya has reiterated that he owes a lot to his IPL franchise for his meteoric rise in cricket. And he once again expressed his delight over being a part of the team. He said that the youngster can learn a lot if the team is full of legends.
“There are so many legends in the team and every day, we get to learn a new thing. So, it is a dream come true for me to play for Mumbai Indians,” Pandya said at a promotional event when asked about his association with Mumbai.
The Mumbai-based franchise is coached by former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene. Former New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond is their bowling coach while ex-India batsman Robin Singh is their batting coach. The mentor of the team is none other than the legendary Sachin Tendulkar.
Meanwhile, the defending champions need to win their last league game at all cost to have any chance of making it to the playoffs. They are currently fourth in the points table with 6 wins in 13 games.
They will play their last league game against Delhi Daredevils on Sunday.