Hardik Pandya is undoubtedly one of the most talented all-rounders that India have produced in recent times. While he is more than a decent bowler who can take some crucial wickets with his medium-pace, it is Pandya's batting that makes him stand apart. The 27-year-old is one of the hardest hitters of a cricket ball in the world and the fans have seen glimpses of his explosive abilities on numerous occasions.
If I can do it, anyone can: Hardik
The all-rounder, who is currently in Sri Lanka for the bilateral series, shared an old video of him smashing the bowlers all over the park. The footage is reportedly from Anand Premier League 2011 which a local tournament in Baroda. In the video, a 17-18 year old Hardik Pandya can be seen hitting some mammoth sixes with the commentators in absolute awe of the shots played by the youngster.
While he also smashed the biggest six of the tournament, one can also observe that not much has changed in his technique since then. He has always been someone who stays back in his crease and utilizes the raw power that he generates by using his wrists. While posting the video, Pandya also encouraged everyone to follow their dreams stating that if he can do it, anyone can.
Watch the video here:
He was notably given the 'best batsman' award in the final of that tournament. While the fans are watching this video after 10 years, it seems like Mumbai Indians' scouts had identified the talent way earlier than anyone. The franchise signed Hardik Pandya ahead of 2015 season and since then the all-rounder has established as one of the key members of both his franchise and national side.