Hardik Pandya is now being hailed as the next Kapil Dev. Many also call him India’s version of Jacques Kallis.
Be as it may, the man has struggled in his early days, before he played for Mumbai Indians in the IPL, or for Team India.
Speaking to Gaurav Kapur on the show Breakfast with Champions, he revealed the kind of hard times he faced.
He mentioned how he hid his car because he could not pay the EMI for 2 years.
“I have struggled for three years. We used to save Rs 5 and Rs 10. I still remember in IPL, we got around Rs 70 thousand and we thought we would survive on it for some time. Because we were struggling for almost three years then. We had not paid EMI for two years. We were smart, we used to hide our car. We didn’t want the car to go. Everything we earned in those three years was supposed to be saved for the car rather than having something new for us or buying something. It was just car’s EMI and food that mattered to us at that time,” he said.
But things changed for the better. He had a successful stint for Mumbai Indians in 2015 and helped them win the IPL. A year later he made his debut for the Men in Blue.
“God is kind. My first year, we won the IPL and then I got a cheque of Rs 50 lakhs. From there, I got a car for free and I bought a new car as well. Imagine, three months back we were struggling and fighting for money and within three months I have Rs 50-60 lakhs in my pocket. It was all about saving at that time,” he added.
Pandya has broken into the side in all three formats after his Test debut this year. He has a long way to go, but the all-rounder is certainly on the right track.