Asia Cup 2022: MS Dhoni played big role in my growth, says Hardik Pandya
Asia Cup 2022: Star Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya said on Wednesday that legendary wicketkeeper MS Dhoni played a big role in his growth.
Hardik Pandya has received a lot of praise this year, whether it be for his outstanding performance with bat and ball or his leadership in leading Gujarat Titans to their first Indian Premier League (IPL) title in their debut season.
“I was just a new kid trying to learn new things about life and sport. MS Dhoni has played a big role in my growth. Whenever I got an opportunity, I used to observe him and learn things. The kind of mindset and knowledge he had, just observing it, it has reflected in my personality on the field,” said Pandya on Star Sports.
Pandya claimed that he has always desired accountability since taking ownership of anything makes it more meaningful to him.
“It was about owning my mistakes, taking my chances, failing and learning from them. Sometimes, it is failures that teaches you, not your closest confide, not your aid and to a good extent even Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni). Some failures, you just experience and you learn from them,” he added.
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Pandya claimed that his failures helped him identify the jobs he was strong in and how he might improve in each of them.
The star all-rounder, who will turn 29 in October, claimed that the past four years have been the most significant of his life.
“The way things shaped, I cannot put this all in words. It was a learning phase for me,” he added.
Pandya said that the good finishing touch from the lower order or finisher is crucial.
“You might go to a restaurant, the food could be amazing but if there is no finishing touch, it does not add the charm to the dish no matter how it tastes. The look of it matters. It is similar in the game, no matter how close you come, how well-poised you are, how strong you are, when you do not get finishing touches from your lower order or finisher, it does not look complete,” he said.
After dealing with fitness issues throughout the years, Pandya returned to his fully fit avatar in 2022. And led Gujarat Titans to their first India Premier League (IPL) championship in their first season.
Pandya led his team from the front throughout the entire season, scoring 487 runs at an average of 44.27 in 15 games, while also hitting four fifty-plus runs. In addition, he claimed eight wickets for his team, including a game-winning 3/17 in the championship.
Since then, he has played numerous vital runs for India in T20Is. And also displayed great form, whether bowling as an anchor or an aggressor. Pandya has scored 314 runs in T20Is this season, averaging 34.88 runs over 13 innings in 14 games.
He has made several significant runs, including one half-century. Additionally, he has 11 wickets for his team in 14 games and a top bowling average of 4/33.
He has also scored 100 runs in two innings over three matches in three ODIs. With an average of 50, one fifty, and the best score of 71. In these three games, he has also claimed six wickets, with a best total of 4/24.
For Team India in the upcoming ICC World T20 2022. That will take place in October and November of this year, Pandya will continue to be a crucial player.