Cricket / I would be working at a petrol pump if not for money in cricket: Hardik Pandya

Zoom News : Oct 18, 2021, 04:15 PM
Cricket Desk: The story of India’s ace all-rounder Hardik Pandya from living in a small matchbox-sized apartment (Baroda) to owning luxurious property in Mumbai has been an extraordinary one. With his skills and talent, not only he was able to make name for India but his IPL franchise Mumbai Indians as well.

In the last few years, Pandya remained at his sheer best in playing the role of perfect finisher for India and would even produce some handy overs if the captain asked for. In the latest turn of events, Pandya opened up on various aspects of his life, from all his childhood struggles to making big in life, his father’s role in their development, etc.

Pandya also spoke about the huge amount of money that is being offered in the IPL auction and how does it affect players’ life and what all changes after getting a contract in IPL. On being asked, ‘With all the money on offer in the IPL, do you think it can be a distraction for the players, who might start thinking they deserve a certain amount at auctions?’

I and Krunal made sure we never lift a foot off the ground: Hardik Pandya

“You need a strong head to understand what is happening. I and Krunal were very strong-headed, so we were able to accept the fact that money is there, but we make sure we never lift a foot off the ground. It might come across like I am flying and all that, but I know at the end of the day, my foot is always on the ground. Money is good, bro. It changes a lot of things. I am one of those examples. Otherwise, I would be working at a petrol pump. I am not joking. For me, my family was the priority, to make sure my family has a good life,” said Pandya as quoted by Cricket Monthly.

Pandya also opened on the fact, how money is extremely important for pushing a player to do well in cricket. With a lot of cash on offer, players get passionate to perform as the amount changes the life of their families. And, many won’t be even playing cricket if there is not so much money involved, reckoned the all-rounder.

“In 2019 I had a conversation with someone who was saying, money should not be there for “you all young guys”. I disagreed. When a guy from a village or a small town gets a big contract, he does not keep it for himself, he is looking after his parents, he is looking after his relatives. Money makes the difference. And it gives motivation as well. There is a misconception that people should not talk about money. I don’t believe in that, because you are passionate about sport and money matters as well. I do not know how many people will play cricket if money is not there,” he added.

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