India all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who recently had a son with wife Natasa Stankovic, received praise from former India spinner Piyush Chawla. Pandya is known as a hard-hitting batsman and his role in the team is to hit big shots towards the end of the innings. Pandya is also a talented bowler, and is also used as India’s 3rd pacer. He is one of India’s preferred options as an all-rounder in the team.
The right-arm seamer missed out a lot of months of cricket last year after he suffered a back injury which required him to get a surgery. Pandya spent a few months in the rehab after his surgery, but he was fit to be a part of the Indian team that was set to play the three-match ODI series against South Africa in March. But the series was postponed due to outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking in the latest episode of Star Sports’ Cricket Connected chat show, Chawla said that Pandya has become a better batsman than he was four years ago. “If you talk about the changes, then the Hardik Pandya that was there 4 years ago and the way he is batting in the last 2 years, there is a huge difference,” Chawla said.
“Although in my case, when you talk about sleepless night, I used to sleep peacefully but my wife did not sleep. Because I had gone for the T20 World Cup in West Indies. So, I have seen them quite less. My wife only has made them grow. But once you have kids, you feel a different sort of responsibility and I don’t think Hardik Pandya will be any different,” he added.