‘The change has come for the better’: Hardik Pandya on how fatherhood has changed him

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Hardik Pandya in first ODI vs Australia, 2020 at SCG (Image Source: BCCI on Twitter/ Getty Images Australia)

Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya has taken a break from bowling because of his back issues. The Baroda-based player has still continued to bat in the middle and he played a magnificent knock of 90 runs in the first one-dayer against Australia. Unfortunately, the visitors could not win the first ODI. Still, Pandya won everyone’s hearts with his performance.

Electing to bat first in Sydney, hosts Australia got off to a terrific start thanks to David Warner and Aaron Finch. The Aussie skipper departed soon after touching the 100-runs milestone. But former captain Steve Smith continued the assault from the other end. Even Glenn Maxwell came to the party as the Aussies destroyed the Indian bowlers.

Chasing a massive target of 375 runs, India lost Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli, and Shreyas Iyer in the first ten overs. Hardik Pandya and Shikhar Dhawan tried to take the game closer. However, the target was out of India’s reach.

When you have a kid, you automatically think differently: Hardik Pandya 

Talking to the reporters in the post-match press conference, Hardik Pandya spoke at length about different things. One of them was fatherhood. His wife Natasa Stankovic recently gave birth to their first son, Agastya. Pandya stated that his birth had changed him a lot.

 

“When you have a kid, you automatically think differently. You have more work. Automatically, there is some work. You think about life in a different way. I think the perspective towards my family has changed. As a person I have changed and the change has come for the better,” Hardik Pandya said. 

The Mumbai Indians star added that he left his son when he was just 15 days old and he would be 4 months old when he returns from Australia.