Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya came back to the Indian team after an exceptional Indian Premier League. Pandya, won the tournament in his maiden outing as a captain of a side and personally had one of his best IPL.
He was called back into the Indian side after his showing for Gujrat Titans and has been effective straight away putting in match-winning performances. Pandya has visibly been in a much calmer avatar since his return from injury, something many have tried to reason.
Speaking during the final match between India and South Africa, Gavaskar said that Pandya’s personal tragedy shaped him into a better leader and it is evident from the care he shows while taking about his father, who departed to heavenly abode in January, 2021.
“This is a fantastic story. For both the brothers to have lost their father a little while ago it was a big blow. We saw it on the father’s day pictures just now, how close they were to their father and how their father had helped them to grow as cricketers,” Gavaskar said.
“So to be able to come out of that and play the way both brothers have done has been a story that would encourage a lot of others. There are times when a tragedy can strike you, but you have to grow out of that tragedy for your father, your loved ones, so that he is happy watching from up there. Every time the brothers do well, they look up to the sky to say to their father that this is for you,” he added.
Gavaskar said that it is good for India to have a leader like Pandya, who has a lot to give to Indian cricket.
“And you know it is fantastic, the maturity I see in Hardik Pandya’s batting, the maturity that has come in his cricket. And there is only hope for Indian cricket, now he has tempered his talent with that little bit of responsibility,” he said.
“He grew up in a team of superstars, be it India or Mumbai Indians and it is easy to say there that I will play my game. Now he realises as a captain that I need to take up responsibility, I need to show to my team, how things must be done,” Gavaskar concluded.