‘Hardik Pandya was disturbed by Koffee with Karan row but he learnt from his mistake’

first_img Akshay Ramesh New DelhiFebruary 5, 2019UPDATED: February 5, 2019 17:06 IST Hardik Pandya’s mentor Kiran More says his ward’s return is a huge boost to Team India in the lead up to the World Cup (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHardik Pandya’s mentor, Kiran More said his ward is completely focussed on cricketThere is no particular reason for Hardik’s subdued celebrations and he ‘absolutely fine’, More saidMore expressed delight at the way Hardik made an immediate impact on return from suspensionFormer India wicketkeeper Kiran More said Hardik Pandya was “very disturbed” during his time away from the India cricket team after he was suspended along with KL Rahul for their controversial comments on Koffee With Karan.More, who has been Hardik’s mentor right from the Baroda all-rounder’s formative years, insisted that Hardik has learnt from his mistakes and is completely focussed on cricket.Hardik and KL Rahul were suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after the duo made borderline sexist and racist comments during their appearances on a popular television show, Koffee With Karan last month. Both Hardik and Rahul faced a lot of flak from the public and former cricketers before the BCCI sent the two cricketers back home during India’s tour of Australia.Hardik and Rahul’s careers were in limbo as the BCCI Committee of Administrators were unable to decide on the quantum of punishment for the duo. Nonetheless, the BCCI revoked their suspensions temporarily last month after which Hardik straightaway flew to New Zealand and joined the senior national team midway during the recently-concluded ODI series.Hardik made an immediate impact as he picked up two wickets and took a stunning catch to dismiss New Zealand’s Kane Williamson in India’s seven-wicket win in the third ODI against the Black Caps on January 28. Days later, Pandya smashed a 22-ball 45 and picked up two wickets as India thrashed New Zealand by 35 runs in Wellington and completed a 4-1 win.Expressing delight at the way Hardik made an immediate impact on his return from suspension, More told indiatoday.in: “Absolutely [was expecting him to make an immediate impact on comeback]. He is a very talented cricketer, no doubt about it. He had no bad intentions at all. The chat show incident happened. That’s what shows the character of the cricketer. He is a cricketer who works very hard and gives his 100% whenever he plays for his teams. Happy he has made a huge comeback.advertisement”Definitely, he was very disturbed [during the Koffee With Karan row]. Good, he has made a huge impact straight away,” More added.Brothers in arm #onedream #india pic.twitter.com/8qaIPPU5Zqhardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) February 5, 2019Stressing that the strong comeback is a reflection of Hardik Pandya’s mental strength: More said: “He just went for an interview and talked something. And it went out of control. It’s part of life. You learn when you make a mistake. Now he will definitely know what he needs to do in the future. He has realised that. He has also apologised to the BCCI.”Now, he is clear about his cricket. His focus is on cricket and he showed how much he wants to play for India in New Zealand.”The suspension for him was like getting dropped from the India team. For him, it was like he was trying to make a comeback. He and Rahul both of them have realised they made mistakes. He is mentally so strong and it has shown with the way he has made the comeback.”Perfect weather here in Hamilton for an intense session. pic.twitter.com/MwVHldu6GJhardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) January 30, 2019Hardik Pandya key member of India’s World Cup team: MoreMeanwhile, Kiran More said Hardik Pandya’s return provides Team India with a big boost ahead of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, starting May 30 in England. More pointed out that his all-round ability provides the much-needed balance to Virat Kohli’s team who are among the favourites to lift the coveted title in the Old Blighty.”It [Pandya’s comeback] is good for Team India as well. He gives a good balance and a key member of the team. At the World Cup, I am sure, he is going to be a very important player for India. An all-rounder like him is what we need. He can bat the way he has been batting in the death overs. He can bowl and he can take those catches. You don’t get players like this often,” More added.Hardik is on the right track: MoreHardik seems to have mellowed down, especially with the way he celebrates his wickets and carries himself on the field. However, More believes his ward is “absolutely fine” and is on the right track.”I don’t think there’s any particular reason [for his subdued celebrations]. Everybody goes through something similar to this in their careers. Once he is there with the team, he will get matured.”He is a young kid, he has been there for the last two to three years. With every match, he is learning something new. Once you get matured, you realise what you’re doing. He is absolutely fine and he is on the right track.”advertisementHardik has been joined by his older brother Krunal Pandya in the India squad as a Rohit Sharma-led India side gears up for the upcoming three-match T20I series, starting Wednesday in Wellington.Also Read | Hardik Pandya’s form with bat and ball a good sign for Team India: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Hardik Pandya a natural talent and a match-winner: Ravi ShastriAlso Read | Indian team competitive in any part of world and on any surface: Sachin TendulkarAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Hardik PandyaFollow Kiran MoreFollow Koffee With KaranFollow Cricket World Cup 2019Follow KL Rahul ‘Hardik Pandya was disturbed by Koffee with Karan row but he learnt from his mistake’Former India wicketkeeper, Kiran More, who has known Hardik Pandya from his formative years, said his ward’s comeback is a big boost to Team India in the lead up to Cricket World Cup 2019.advertisementlast_img

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