Cricket is his priority, says Krunal

20 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Hardik Pandya, the India all-rounder, had used his time away from the game to work hard on his fitness and improve his game, his brother Krunal said, reports

A back injury and a suspension for his comments on a talk show had kept Hardik out of the Indian team for about six months. But in that time, he put in the hard work needed and returned to play match-winning knocks in the Indian Premier League, where his strike-rate of 194.64 is second-best so far.

“When Hardik was out of the game because of injury and the [suspension] that happened, he utilised that time to work on his fitness,” Krunal said after Mumbai Indians’ win over Delhi Capitals in their away game on Thursday, 18 April. “He is the kind of player for whom cricket is a priority, no matter what. His work ethics are second to none. He puts in a lot of hard work.”

Crediting Hardik’s self-belief, he added, “His goal has always been to improve his game. If you improve, you become consistent.

“Every year if you see, he keeps on adding something to his game. He has a lot of self-belief ... I learn a lot of things from him. How to back yourself no matter how much you are struggling or doubtful, I learnt from him. He has that quality to always see the positive side.”