Former India captain MS Dhoni has a huge fan following around the world. While youngsters follow him, young players are no different and Pandya brothers – Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya are among them as well. However, in a recent interaction, He shared how his surprise got spoiled when they decided to visit MS Dhoni to Ranchi for Dhoni’s 39th birthday, i.e. on July 7.
During the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020, the Pandya brothers had planned their surprise visit as well. At that time, there were restrictions on airlines that had just resumed operating. While they took the risk to visit, it showed how much they love and respect the former Indian captain. However, Dhoni got to know about their visit beforehand.
In a recent interaction with ESPNcricinfo, Hardik, revealed, “No! Because [someone from the airport staff] called him, saying Hardik and Krunal are coming. So my surprise got spoiled. Before I took off, he is like: “Are you coming here?” I said: “How did you know?” He said: “These charter people told me you’re coming. Chal, theek hai, aaja [All right, come over]. I go there and find him gardening. I asked how his body was and he said his knee hurt a little. I asked why. He says, “I repaired about 50 bikes, and I needed to kneel and squat for it. Now I do it standing up.”
Hardik Pandya also opened up about the equation he shares with the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper. He said, “Mahi Bhai is a darling. There are a lot of things I am allowed [with him], which no one else is. We connect well. Maybe he likes the fact that I never treat him like MS Dhoni. And he understands where I come from. He is like, Okay, yeh kar raha hai toh kuch soch ke kar raha hai [If Hardik is doing something, it’s only after he has considered it] type.”
Currently, both Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni are in the UAE where they are preparing for the T20 World Cup 2021. Notably, Dhoni has joined the team as a mentor.