by Palak jha
Pandya was not the only one who worked hard and made sacrifices.
His parents did their best to give their children the best opportunities to make a name for themselves.
His father, Himanshu, had a small car finance business in Surat.
He shut it down and moved to Vadodara to facilitate his sons with better cricket facilities.
He got them enrolled in Kiran More’s Cricket Academy there.
Although their struggle didn’t end there, good things had started shaping up for both the brothers since then.
Hardik and his elder brother Krunal started using their talents to support their family when they were mere teenagers.
They used to go to nearby villages to play in local tournaments for a fee of Rs. 400-500.
Things changed when the Mumbai Indians bought him for 10 Lakhs INR in the IPL 2015 auction. The sum of money became much bigger.
Their condition changed and family became stable. His hard work had finally paid off.
People started seeing the potential in him to represent India at the international stage as an all-rounder.
The wait seemed finally over as a like for like doppelganger for Kapil Dev had finally arrived after almost three decades.