All-rounder Hardik Pandya has revealed his struggles before an IPL contract turned around things for him and his family.
Detailing about his struggles on the show ‘Breakfast with Champions’ hosted by Gaurav Kapur, Pandya revealed that he hid his car as he did not have money to pay its EMIs for two 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,” said Pandya on the show.
The all-rounder added that his talent and passion for cricket is responsible for his success. “When Krunal was 19 and I was 17, we told our father that we don’t want anyone’s sympathy. We don’t want you to ask people to pick my boys for the team as we won’t like it. Hum khud khelenge to khelenge, nahi to nahi khelenge
“We never wanted that two-three years down the line someone tells that we’ve made the boys as we gave them a chance. Yes, there are people who have helped, like my coach and I’m grateful, but it was us, who proved our mettle on the ground,” added Hardik.
--By A Cricket Correspondent