Having made his debut in January 2016, Hardik Pandya has set up himself as the main all-rounder of the Indian cricket team.
On June 25, Thursday, the 26-year-old Hardik got the chance to connect with the young cricketers of Baroda Cricket Association, giving them a motivational speech on the best way to make progress.
Pandya referred to the instances of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and MS Dhoni's demeanor and asked the youths to have a voracious thirst to turn out to be No. 1 in their area of interest yet by being consistent with their own selves.
Hardik likewise portrayed a discussion with Kohli in which he asked his Indian skipper the root cause behind his brilliance.
Imparting Virat's response to the youthful cricketers, Hardik said they need to set an objective to turn into the best.
Hardik told the group of young players that at least 10 of them should play for India. Otherwise, he will be disappointed. It's up to those young players to decide whether they want to play with him in 10 years’ time. He said that it will be fun.
"I was talking to Virat Kohli two days ago. I asked him something that I never asked him before. I asked him 'What is the reason behind your excellence?'
"He sent me a message. 'Your attitude is fine, everything is fine. Just you have to keep one thing in mind to reach and have that kind of consistency. You have to have a great hunger to become No. 1 in the right way. Not by pushing anyone down but based on your hard work and merit you should set becoming No. 1 as your goal'.
Then Pandya came to know how he is as consistent as he is
Hardik then spilled beans on the attributes of Dhoni and Rohit, saying the star cricketers never like be No. 2 however they don't have an issue in the event that they come next.
"Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni they are extremely consistent because they don't want to come 2nd but if they do, they don't have a problem with it. They will once again begin their work to become the No. 1.
"You have strive to be the best. If you're a bowler, you have to be the best. If you're training, then you have to be eager to train. In life, you need to compete with yourself."