The Indian all-rounder, Krunal Pandya revealed the struggles of his aspiring days and recalled the day when the former India coach John Wright spotted him and his brother Hardik. The southpaw asserted that he received a letter for trials for a speed post job while the Baroda trials for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy were coming up.
During a show on Cricbuzz, Krunal asserted, “Back in the day, there was a government recruitment speed post job and I received a letter for trials. My father told me that it”s a good opportunity, you may earn ₹15-20k a month, so you should go and try it out. At the same time, I also had trial games coming up for Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for Baroda team. I thought that I have worked so hard for the past 2-3 years and I have become a new player.”
Krunal also went on to reveal that he tore the letter for the speed post job and in hindsight, that decision seems to ve changed his life for better.
The southpaw all-rounder further elaborated, “So I thought I didn’t work hard for a speed post job. I did it to become a cricketer. So, I tore down the letter and threw it away, and decided to go for the trials. I went for the trials and I performed really well. I got selected for Baroda team. Hardik was already in the team. Syed Mushtaq matches were in Mumbai.”
Krunal also recalled that former Indian coach, John Wright was impressed with the two brothers as they could bowl and bat.
Pandya revealed, “Coach John Wright spotted me and Hardik, and he saw that these two brothers are good talents – they can both bat and bowl. So from thereon, he followed us up, and our lives changed. I feel the letter that I threw away worked in my favour. If I hadn’t played in the trial matches, our lives will be quite different.”
While both the brothers have since gone ahead and played for India, Hardik has been playing a crucial role for the Indian team across formats.