World Twenty20: Hardik Pandya Aims to Emulate Jacques Kallis
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had lauded Hardik Pandya for bringing much-needed stability with his all-round skills.
Yuvraj Singh recently compared Hardik Pandya to the West Indians, for his on-field flair, but the Baroda youngster dreams of emulating legendary South African Jacques Kallis. (T20 World Cup 2016: Mahendra Singh Dhoni Plays Down India's Favourites Tag)
"Big things start with the dream only. This was the dream. Yes, it's fulfilling. I want to be like Jacques Kallis. What he has done for Proteas in batting and bowling. I want to do the same thing for India," Pandya said during a media session in Kolkata.
According to skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Pandya has brought stability with his skills but he reveals that there is no particular brief given to him. (World Twenty20: Relieved That we Have Specialist Death Bowlers, Says Mahendra Singh Dhoni)
"The best part is I'm not told anything. I've not given been any instruction. That's something good for me. I can now read situations as I have got used to international pressure," the 23-year-old added.
He said that playing for Mumbai Indians has been the turning point in his career. (World Twenty20 2016: Pakistan Set To Fly to India After Dharamsala All-Clear)
"IPL has changed my life big time. Same time last year, I had posted a photo saying that I was sold to Mumbai Indians for Rs 10 lakh. This year on same day, I won the Asia Cup. Just imagine playing for the national team within a year and winning the Asia Cup. The journey has been quite amazing."
Pandya backs himself as a proper batsman.
"I find myself a proper batsman. I play according to situation. There will be a time where I will have to stick around."
He is thankful to Dhoni for showing faith in his abilities.
"When you see your captain promoting yourself ahead of big names is really a good thing. It helps a lot. I quite like the faith he is showing. I want to contribute as many times as I can. I don't take pressure (on myself)," Pandya added.