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T20 World Cup 2021: Hardik Pandya Says Only MS Dhoni “Can Calm Me Down”

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Hardik Pandya weighs in on his relationship with MS Dhoni.© AFP

Indian cricket team all-rounder Hardik Pandya has opened up on his close relationship with former captain and current national team mentor MS Dhoni. Pandya revealed that it is only Dhoni who can calm him down after the big setback, which proved to be a big hurdle in his career. He also spoke about how and when Dhoni provided him the kind of support that was needed at certain stages during his career. Hardik heaped praise on the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain, calling him his “brother”.

Speaking to ESPNcricinfo.com, the all-rounder said, “He knows what kind of person I am. He knows me deeply enough. I am very close to him. He is the only person who can calm me down. When. All this happened, he knew I needed support. I just needed a shoulder, which he provided many times in my cricketing career.

Hardik heaped praise on the former India captain, claiming that he was present during the toughest times of his career.

“I have never seen him as the greatest as MS Dhoni. For me, Mahi is my brother. I respect and admire the fact that he was there when I needed him the most,” he added.

Hardik is currently with the Indian team in UAE for the T20 World Cup 2021. IPL 2021 winning captain Dhoni also joined the camp as a mentor for the tournament recently.

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All eyes will be on Hardik as he grapples with past injuries and criticisms about his form with the bat and inability to contribute with the ball regularly.

India will start its campaign with a blockbuster match against Pakistan in Dubai on October 24.

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