I hit 1000 balls in Australia when they suspended me: Hardik Pandya told mentor Kiran More

first_img Rasesh Mandani MumbaiJanuary 25, 2019UPDATED: January 26, 2019 07:56 IST Hardik Pandya will join the India team for the ODI and T20I series in New Zealand (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHardik Pandya’s mentor Kiran More said he was happy the all-rounder will get to play cricket againBCCI lifted the suspensions on Hardik and KL Rahul; Hardik will join the Indian team in New Zealand”Hardik made a mistake and apologized. I think things were blown out of proportion,” More saidThe first week of January gave Indian cricket plenty of reason to cheer. India had just won their first ever bilateral Test series in Australia and the celebrations that followed the rain-marred Sydney Test captured the imagination of the nation. Hardik Pandya’s wild celebratory dance moves made waves alongside Virat Kohli’s bhangra and the Pujara walk. But soon, all of that was overshadowed by an episode of Koffee with Karan which aired on an Indian television channel the night before.India vs New Zealand 2nd ODI in Mount Maunganui: Live Cricket ScorePandya and KL Rahul were the first cricketers to appear on Koffee with Karan and the two had sparked a massive controversy with their sexist comments. They boasted about their night outs and their remarks left several in Indian cricket fraternity enraged. Even as celebrations began after India’s Test triumph Down Under, the focus shifted to Pandya and Rahul’s statements. Following public and social outcry, BCCI would go on to issue Hardik Pandya a show cause. Hardik and Rahul were suspended and ordered to return home.Days after the controversial Koffee with Karan episode, Hardik Pandya lost a major endorsement deal and a membership with an iconic Mumbai club.Pandya channelized his anger by doing what he does best: hitting the cricket ball. He did just that in Australia and after returning home.”When I was working with him in my academy in Baroda, I saw him hitting the ball cleanly. I asked him how he had managed to retain that touch. He told me, ‘Sir, I hit a thousand balls in Australia when I was removed.’ That’s the way to do it,” former India wicketkeeper and Hardik’s mentor Kiran More told India Today.advertisementIt was More who advised Hardik’s father to get his son to play cricket. “I remember him as a very talented cricketer, who wanted to do everything – bowl, bat, field and he wanted to win. I am just happy he will get to play cricket again,” he said.Pandya’s fashion statements have never amused cricket purists but his callous remarks on the TV show directly hit his cricket stocks. More admits Hardik Pandya erred but argues this was the first time he was drawn into a controversy. “He made a mistake and apologized. I think things were blown out of proportion. He doesn’t have a bad track record on the field. I have known him for long. There is not a single cricket misbehaviour I remember,” More said.The World Cup is now months away and India will only play a handful of matches (in New Zealand and at home against Australia). Hardik Pandya will join up with his India teammates soon and this will be a perfect opportunity for him to show what he can do on the field.Also Read | Hardik Pandya to join Team India in New Zealand, KL Rahul to play for India AAlso Read | Hardik, Rahul were gracious when I apologised: Karan Johar Also Read | Now that Hardik going to New Zealand, what happens to Vijay Shankar: Sunil GavaskarFor 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 Tags :Follow Hardik PandyaFollow Kiran MoreFollow Koffee With KaranFollow Pandya suspension I hit 1000 balls in Australia when they suspended me: Hardik Pandya told mentor Kiran MoreHardik Pandya’s mentor said the India all-rounder has not lost his touch and hit the ball cleanly at his Baroda academy. Pandya’s suspension has been lifted and he will join the India team for the ODI and T20I series.advertisementlast_img

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