The former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar recently lavished praise on Indian all rounder Hardik Pandya for the way he has made a turnaround in his career. The all-rounder earned a recall to the Indian national team after an interval of six months and is shaping up to be one of the most integral members of the squad. Hardik Pandya was also recently crowned Player of the Series for his performances in the ODI series win over England.
Sanjay Manjrekar sheds praise on Hardik Pandya
Pandya also had a successful run as a captain of the Gujarat Titans in their inaugural season. The franchise lifted up their maiden trophy in the 2022 season.
Manjrekar shared his opinion on the all-rounder’s stint with the Gujarat Titans (GT) and noted that was a major turning point. Here is what Manjrekar said on Sport 18’s Sports Over The Top:
“Hardik Pandya is a completely changed guy. It was a wildcard that the franchise played. First of all, picking him as one of their first players, before that his fitness was a problem, his batting was an issue for the earlier franchise. Not only did they pick him, and back him as one of their marquee players they gave him the captaincy. Just the way the league turned out for him.”
The Baroda-native went on to amass 487 runs in the tournament and played a major role in the franchise’s first-ever season in the cash-rich league. The former Indian cricketer was quite impressed with his maturity, responsibility and ambition since his comeback, as he added:
“He is a changed man now, there’s a lot of maturity, responsibility and ambition as well. I see a sense of ambition coming into him. And once you have that, wanting to grow within Indian Cricket then there’s tremendous motivation. He’s also addressing himself in third person now. Hardik Pandya has arrived.”
Pandya was rested for the three-match ODI series but was selected for the subsequent five T20Is, beginning from July 29.
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