Hardik Pandya reveals Kapil Dev’s influence on his career: ‘You do better than what I have done’

Hardik Pandya: Cricket Monthly magazine, Pandya, revealed what Kapil Dev told him on his debut. And he also hosted the 1983 world champion captain he had in his career.

On October 16, 2016, Hardik Pandya made his ODI debut for India in a game against New Zealand in Dharamsala.

The India off-roader personally received his first ODI cap from legendary India captain Kapil Dev.

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Pandya played with the ball in the match. Choosing three wickets in 7 overs and giving only 31 runs as India defeated. The Kiwis lead 190 to India to victory.

“It was special to receive that cap because Kapil Dev gave it to me and told me. ‘You do better than what I have done. You will succeed. Keep working hard,” Pandya said.

“Before my back surgery, it was very sweet of him to call and say: “Beta, please aap haldi ka doodh peena. Sab theekh ho jayega [Son, drink turmeric milk and everything will be all right]. Take care”,” he added.

Hardik Pandya further revealed some of the compliments he has received from Indian legend.

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“I have heard him talk about me to people and say, ‘He is better than me.’ I am not, but someone like him saying that gives me goosebumps and makes me proud that the best all-rounder India has ever seen is saying it,” Pandya said.

“So how can I describe that feeling, you know?” he added.

Pandya is now part of the Indian team that will participate in the T20 World Championship. Under the leadership of Virat Kohli.

There are doubts as to whether she will bowling during the ICC tournament.

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