Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya has said that he wants to emulate Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli as they lead a disciplined lifestyle and are sweet to people. “I am following Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni)and Virat (Kohli) because of the way they are and not because of what they have achieved, but the way they are after achieving all this. I want to become like them – being disciplined, being sweet to people. I want to know and learn and how they have reached where they are,” Pandya told Gaurav Kapur during an episode of Breakfast With Champions. “I observe them to try and understand how they are, what they do and what it takes to be there. They are nice human beings and still, they are successful,” Pandya added.
Hardik Pandya, who is an integral part of the team in all formats of the game, is currently on an international break and preparing for the upcoming tour of South Africa. The cricketer had recently made headlines for displaying his dashing avatar on two magazine covers. The all-rounder had asked BCCI for rest during the India-Sri Lanka series in order to work on his fitness. “To be honest, I asked for it. My body wasn’t up for it, I have some niggles because of the amount of cricket that I have played. I want to play cricket when I am totally up for it, when I can give my 100 per cent. I am lucky that I have got this break. I will train in the gym during this break and improve my fitness,” Pandya had told CNN-News 18 in an interview.
The all-rounder had further said he was really upbeat about playing in South Africa. “I won’t lie, I am really excited for the South Africa series. I would like to use this break to improve my fitness for the series. I have played 30 ODIs, 25 T20s and 3 Tests in last one year. If they are saying I have played less cricket then I want to tell them ‘I am sorry.’ As an all-rounder it’s even more difficult,” he had said.