Pollard has a special message for Hardik haters
Hardik Pandya, who made a sensational return to India’s T20 International team aiming for the next year’s T20 World Cup, earned massive praise from West Indies star all-rounder Kieron Pollard on Saturday. Both the stalwarts shared the dressing room while representing Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The 32-year-old West Indies cricketer said: “I have seen him from when he started at Mumbai and I am not surprised. He has turned into an Indian superstar,” Kieron Pollard told IANS.
“The way he carries himself and the manner in which Hardik plays, emulates how he is off the field and sometimes when you see guys like that, we as individuals who are very conservative tend to always have negative things to say,” he said,
“But, you know, when you are a confident person off the field and you can take that on to the field and perform, I think that shows great mettle in the human itself,” the Carribean said.
On Thursday, Hardik Pandya made an incredible comeback to India’s T20I squad as India’s governing body Board of Control For Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the team for a three-match T20I series against South Africa.
Hardik Pandya returned to the team after being rested to recover his minor niggles as part of the workload management programme.
He will be joining Krunal Pandya, who was named the Man of the series for a pretty good show in India’s 3-0 clean sweep against the West Indies.
Pandya’s cricketing career came to an all-time low when he and KL Rahul were suspended and sent back from the Australia tour in January over their remarks on a TV chat show.
Talking about Hardik’s talk show story, Pollard said: “He has gone through a lot in his little time, but he can only get better from here. He puts in a lot of hard work. I am not overly surprised at what he is doing at this point of time.”
(With IANS inputs)