“He’s game changer for India,” Sunil Gavaskar excited to see Hardik Pandya in a new role

Hardik Pandya, who won the IPL 2022 while leading Gujarat Titans, has been ticking all the boxes on his return to international cricket. The all-rounder player’s cameo during the Ind v SA T20I game, mirrored why he’s a blue-chip player.


Sunil Gavaskar has lavished praise on Hardik Pandya‘s return to the International cricket. The all-rounder plundered unbeaten 31 runs off 12 balls to take India to a fine-fettle total of 211/4 but the efforts went in vain when the men in blue under Rishabh Pant couldn’t age well with the plan. However, the defeat isn’t making rounds but Hardik’s rise. The phenomenal fast-bowling all-rounder who was on the verge of seeing an exit from team India – seemingly evident from Venkatesh Iyer being roped in – had a tough time being away from cricket.

But the all-rounder kept coming closer to achieving a towering persona while staying away for six months from the action. Hardik, in a recent interview, revealed that

“A lot of things were said about me before I made a comeback. For me, it was never about giving them answers. I was proud of the process that I followed, no one knows exactly what I went through during the six months that I wasn’t playing for the country. I got up at 5 am in the morning to make sure I trained and trained at 4 pm for the second time in a day to make sure I gave myself enough rest. I used to sleep at 9:30 pm every day for almost 4 months. A lot of sacrifices were made but for me, it was the battle that I had before playing the IPL. After seeing the results, it was very satisfying for me because I knew I have worked hard,” Hardik said.

Hardik Pandya, now, has been racking up praises with his old yet impressive version. Sunil Gavaskar in a recent interaction on Star Sports, said,

“I think he is going to be the game-changer for India, more often than not, in all the matches that are due to come, not just the World Cup but every single match that India plays, whether he bats at No. 5, whether he comes in to bowl at first change or second change. Sometimes I will actually want to see him with the new ball.”

Prior joining the Indian team, Hardik Pandya won Gujarat Titans their maiden IPL title. The all-rounder is a top contender to finish matches alongside Dinesh Karthik.

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