Hardik Pandya’s journey from living in a tiny matchbox-sized house in Baroda to holding luxury property in Mumbai has been amazing. Despite his talent and skills, he was successful in establishing a reputation for not just India, but also his IPL team Mumbai Indians.
Pandya has been at his absolute best during the last few years, performing the part of ultimate finisher for India and even producing some useful overs if the captain needed him. Pandya recently opened out on various aspects of his life, from his childhood difficulties to finding success in life, his father’s influence in their progress, and so on.
My family was the priority for me to make sure my family has a good life: Hardik Pandya
Pandya also discussed the huge amounts of money being given in the IPL auction, how it alters players’ livelihood, and what happens after signing an IPL deal. 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? ‘
“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 Hardik Pandya.
I do not know how many people will play cricket if money is not there: Hardik
Pandya also discussed how money is incredibly essential in motivating a player to perform well in cricket. When there is a lot of money involved, sportsmen become more motivated to compete since the money may improve their families’ fortunes. And, according to the all-rounder, many people will not play cricket if there’s not a lot of money involved.
“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.