Hardik could possibly be the deciding factor if India is to do well in the T20 World Cup in Australia. India begin their campaign against Pakistan on Sunday.
Before leaving for Australia, the 29-year-old opened up about the important role his family played.
Pandya has spent considerable time on his fitness over the past 18 months after recurring injuries kept him away from bowling. He now bowls regularly for India and provides much-needed balance to the side.
“It has a lot to do with helping myself to go back to the basics and to approach everything on a positive note. That’s why I found peace in my life to always look on the bright side.”
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“I know I will have good days and bad days, but the positivity comes from the hard work I put in, which then gives me the confidence and self-belief to give it my all. And with the support of my family to always feel my back I feel a sense of overall focus and positivity around me,” he told RISE Worldwide.
Pandya has had a very successful year since his return to full fitness. He was captain of the Gujarat Titans to victory in their first season in the IPL and has since been India’s second highest run-scorer in T20 Internationals, apart from producing match-winners.
The versatile man said that he had a lot of time to focus on himself and reflect on parts of his journey that he had previously forgotten. While Pandya has always worked doubly hard to get fitter, he credited his family for allowing him to go a step further in the last year or so.
“The difference this time was that my family played a big role in terms of letting me be myself. More than anything, letting me have my own time to realize what exactly I wanted for myself,” he said.
“The credit goes to Natasha, Agastya, Krunal – everyone kind of allowed me to maintain my routine and made sure [to realize] that you know what, Hardik has to focus on himself now and he has to keep himself as a priority.
“And because of that I was able to understand a lot of things that I had forgotten over the years while I was playing because there are certain things that you don’t write down, they just happen,” he added.