Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who has often been compared to Cricket legend Kapil Dev for his cricketing abilities, wants to become like MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli.
So many times Pandya was lauded by cricket pundits across the world for his stellar performance on the field and draw the comparison with Kapil Dev and South African legend Jacques Kallis, especially after his stunning performance in the World Cup 2017 final against Pakistan.
The 24-year-old all-rounder Pandya, whose aggressive attitude on the field liked by many and even he also wants to continue with it, further added that he would like to follow Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni’s attitude both on and off the field, calling them as his role model.
Speaking to Gaurav Kapur on the 'Breakfast with Champions' show, Hardik 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.”
On being asked about Indian skipper Kohli’s on-field aggression, the Gujarat all-rounder added that the dashing right-hander is passionate about the game and he keeps it on the field only. Pandya further added that both Dhoni and Kohli are mentally strong because of which they are what they are.
He also said that he never advises children to choose cricket over studies, saying, “Abhi mujhe koi puchta h ki sir cricket khelu ya padhai karu to main bolta hu padhai kar, (when someone asks me that sir should I play cricket or study then I say do studies).”
Pandya concluded by saying, “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 best.”