Pandya talks about Dhoni’s input during early days
Indian fast-bowling all-rounder Hardik Pandya opened up about the inputs he got from former Indian captain MS Dhoni during the early days of his career.
Hardik Pandya is now a prominent member of the Indian team and he is said to be the new finisher for the team in the limited-overs format, replacing MS Dhoni’s particular role. Pandya has become a valuable asset in the team in all three formats of the game.
Recently Hardik Pandya talked about his career early days, especially the inputs he got from former Indian captain MS Dhoni. Importantly he said MS Dhoni gave him some important advice about pressure handling.
“MS told me once that if you want to get rid off the pressure of your own pressure then stop looking at your score on the scoreboard. Put the team in front and you will never feel the pressure. To be honest, since then I have never felt that kind of pressure that I used to feel earlier,” Pandya told India Today.
“So what happened was, I was with the Baroda state team. I got a call from BCCI, saying I might have to fly to Australia as Vijay Shankar has got an injury or something. So I went there and in a meeting someone said that I am going to play my natural game. So, Rahul Dravid did not agree to that and said there is no (such) thing as natural game,” he said.
The cricketer followed it up by saying that Dravid had adviced to play according to the situation and not rely on a single style of play. Pandya said that according to Dravid “there is nothing natural, it is all situation based cricket”.