Hardik Pandya    BCCI
Hardik Pandya BCCI

Hardik Pandya is suddenly the apple of everyone s eyes after scintillating performances in the 2017 Champions Trophy final and the series against Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand. However, his claim to fame came much before he played for the Indian cricket team. He was a star in IPL, donning Mumbai Indians (MI) colours. He has already been part of two of MI s three title victories after being included in 2015. However, recent rumours about Pandya s willingness to shift base from MI camp for improved IPL contracts with other franchises have surfaced. An annoyed 24-year-old Pandya came out in the open.

You don’t forget your roots

I was disappointed when I heard this news because this is false. This team has given me everything. Why would I leave it? My life changed when I got a chance to play for MI and then I never looked back. I had a small failure and that s why I learned to be even more professional. You need to understand that some things are bad. That s how you improve in life, Pandya told News 18.

In 2013, Pandya was purchased for a bargain price of INR 10 lakhs. MI increased his remuneration to INR 20 lakhs three seasons later. They also acquired his elder brother Krunal for a whopping INR 2 crore in the same season.

It seems like junior Pandya is in no mood to leave the Paltans (MI) anytime soon. If anything, he is hungry for more success under the able leadership of Rohit Sharma.