Hardik Pandya looks up to Kohli and Dhoni, advises children to pursue studies over cricket
Much has been said about the Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya who is India’s most reliable player in all formats of the game. His ability to both bat and bowl well has even earned him a comparison with former World Cup-winning skipper Kapil Dev. In an interview, Pandya has confessed that he looks up to skipper Virat kohli and former skipper MS Dhoni as role models.
While chatting up with host Gaurav Kapur on the YouTube show Breakfast with Champions, Pandya said, "The way they (Dhoni and Kohli) are, I want to be like them. I want to be disciplined like them. I try to notice why they are like this."
In his early days, Pandya’s used to be pretty aggressive, however, that has changed a bit after spending time with the team, which he wants to continue.
Talking about Kohli and Dhoni, he also said that both cricketers are mentally strong and that shapes the way they are as people.
Pandya opened up about Kohli’s on-field aggression and said that Kohli is passionate about the game and he keeps the aggression on the field only.
The all-rounder, however, advices children to not choose cricket over studies. “Abhi mujhe koi puchta hai ki, sir cricket khelu ya padhai karu to main bolta hu padhai kar (when someone asks me, “Sir should I play cricket or study then I say, pursue studies”),” Pandya said on the show.
Expanding on the reason behind his advice, Pandya said, “I took a risk with my life and you should not do it because cricket is very dangerous. If you study, your education doesn’t go away, it stays with you and you get a job according to that. But in cricket, you have to be at the top level and I know to reach there is not a piece of cake. It’s difficult and it’s not like everyone would get it. I might be the luckiest one but to reach there you have to be really really really the best.”