His selection followed a fantastic IPL season with the Gujarat Titans, when he showcased his form and fitness by guiding them to the championship in their first season. In the IPL 2022, he scored 487 runs while also taking 8 wickets.
“In my early days, I asked Mahi bhai one question. I asked him how he gets away from pressure, and he gave me some very simple advice — ‘stop thinking about your own score and start thinking about what your team requires’. From very early, that lesson has stuck to my mind and helped me become the kind of player I am now,” Hardik said in a video uploaded by BCCI.tv.
During the recent five-match series, the all-rounder has been in superb batting form, hitting 117 runs with a strike rate of 153.94 and an average of 58.50 in four matches. His partnership with Dinesh Karthik was instrumental in India scoring a competitive total in the fourth T20I at Rajkot, bringing the series to a 2-2 tie.
Pandya also praised Karthik, who has made a remarkable recovery in the side, referencing him as a “inspiration.”
“I need to tell you this, genuinely I want to tell you this, you have given a lot of inspiration to many guys in their life. I remember the conversation you were having when you were not in the scheme of things, a lot of people counted you out,” he said.
In-flight insightful conversation 👌
Learning from the great @msdhoni 👍
Being an inspiration 👏
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 18, 2022