Cricketer Hardik Pandya, much acclaimed as the new Indian rock star of the game is now more popular for all good reasons. His recent advent into test and a century in the very debut match is all that India has always needed. It was the final match of Champions Trophy that makes him favorite for so many cricketers and fans fortnight.
Pandya is now showing some promising stats in both bowling and batting placing himself as one of the best all-rounders India can ever have.
However, there are many things which we are keen to have an insight on. His hair styles, tattoos and aggressive attitude on the field are all that must be known at the moment. And, this 23-Year-Old player who has concreted his position in Bleed Blue has answered many of the questions in a recent interview with Hindustan Times.
Check out the excerpts from the interview:
How do you feel after taking part in an overseas tour as a Test cricketer?
Obviously, I feel happy about how things have gone so far. I mean I went from T20Is to one-day cricket, where my start was pretty amazing and then the Test series was fabulous because I always dreamt of playing for India in whites.
Can you tell us about your new hairstyle?
I keep on trying. I don’t do it for anyone. I do it for myself, so I don’t care if you like it or don’t like it. It’s just that I felt like doing it so I did it. It’s like owning your own farm. You can always grow whatever you want. So, khud ki kheti hai, jo ugaana hai ugaalo.”
Are the tattoos and hairstyles a statement?
I don’t think so. It’s just my personality. I don’t know if that’s going to define future cricketers. If someone wants to have it, go on with it, and if not, I don’t know… It’s just my personality.
What does criticism mean to you?
I have such wonderful people like my brothers, my few friends in my life; I don’t bother about what others are saying about me. I often don’t know what people are talking about. There are people who come and tell me ‘Hey this is wrong and you should not be doing this’ and I’m pretty open to that.
You were all pumped up and when you came on to bowl…
I am someone who likes to be charged up. (When in the middle) I only focus on my game and I just want to be ruthless, that’s how I am. I have said in an interview, that ‘if you want to come and fight, I am not the one who will step back’. When I am bowling I am a different guy when I bat I am a different guy, I don’t react, I don’t smile much, when I bowl I smile, I fight, I show aggression, everything comes naturally.
How do you look at being termed as the rockstar of Indian cricket?
I don’t mind. They want to name me a rock star, I am happy. But I am Hardik Pandya, who knows his game.