“It was not in his destiny on Sunday. Had he been allowed to bowl few more overs (he bowled seven overs) perhaps he could have been that successful”, Himanshu Pandya, the father, speaking exclusively over his mobile from Baroda, said.
“However, we are satisfied and happy with his three wickets in his debut match”, he added. Pandya, however, won the Man of the Match award in his debut ODI.
“My son bowled brilliantly and we are proud with his debut performance. He was bowling with proper length and speed, which resulted in an early breakthrough of Martin Guptill wicket”.
The family was elated with the news that the ODI cap was handed over to him by India’s greatest all-rounder, Kapil Dev.
“Getting an ODI cap from a legend like Kapil Dev was a great thing to have happened. I am sure Kapil Dev’s contribution will have some positive impact on my son’s career”, the father added.
Coincidentally, Kapil Dev also made his international (Test) debut on this day (October 16, 1978) against Pakistan (at Faisalabad).
“Hardik has considerably increased his bowling speed by practising hard in the nets. In T20s, he used to bowl at a speed of 130s but has now crossed the 140s. It is indeed a good sign. We are happy with his performance”, the father signed off.
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