Hardik Pandya, the Indian all-rounder, has grown by leaps and bounds as a cricketer in the past four years.
The Mumbai Indians all-rounder, who made his international debut back in 2018, has shown sparks of brilliance for his side across all formats of the game. And, while consistency and injuries are the two issues that have been the major roadblocks thus far, the improvement in Pandya’s skillsets is quite evident.
Former Indian spinner and an IPL veteran Piyush Chawla heaps high praise on Hardik Pandya, adding that the margin for error when the all-rounder is batting is minimal as compared to what it was four years ago.
“If you talk about the changes, then the Hardik Pandya that was there 4 years ago and the way he is batting in the last 2 years, there is a huge difference,” Piyush Chawla said in Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’
“As a bowler, you need to prepare very well because you know that the margin of error is very small now, compared to what it was 4 years ago. If the ball is slightly off-target, whether too full or short, then he doesn’t spare you,” he added.
‘After fatherhood, he will get one more responsibility’- Ashish Nehra on Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya recently became the father of a baby boy with his wife Natasa Stankovic. The all-rounder announced the news via his official social media accounts. And, former Indian bowler Ashish Nehra feels that fatherhood will make Hardik a more responsible cricketer.
“If you talk about Hardik Pandya, he got more responsible after marriage. After fatherhood, he will get one more responsibility. Because my experience was that the life does not change much after marriage, but once kids enter your life, the life changes a lot,” Ashish Nehra said on the show.
“Although in my case, when you talk about sleepless night, I used to sleep peacefully but my wife did not sleep. Because I had gone for the T20 World Cup in West Indies. So, I have seen them quite less. My wife only has made them grow. But once you have kids, you feel a different sort of responsibility and I don’t think Hardik Pandya will be any different,” he added.