Watch the two-game changing Gujju cricketers take on Vikram Sathaye in the latest episode of What the Duck 2
Hyderabad: Cricket is considered as a religion in India while players are worshipped as demi Gods. This cricketing season video on demand service Viu, brings us the latest episodes of cricket comedy chat show, What The Duck 2. This week features our favorite Gujjus of the Indian team – Parthiv Patel and Hardik Pandya.
We see the Baroda all-rounder, Mumbai Indians ‘rockstar’ and now India’s premier all-rounder – Hardik Pandya talk about his perpetual pursuit to be the best of the best, his brotherly love for Krunal, his struggles and his journey of making the best out of the adversities that life bowled at him.
Additionally, one of India’s most promising wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel, talks about his struggles, his love for everything Gujarati, tales of how his big mouth got him into trouble and his acceptance of pushing himself beyond limits.
Hardik Pandya shows us that beneath the outward vanity he is a humble and a dedicated youngster who has made the most out of adversities in life and in cricket. From a lower-middle class background to playing for the country, his life has been nothing short of a roll coaster. The drive to make it big in cricket, stemmed when he failed in class IX, Hardik Pandya quit school altogether to focus on the sport. “Papa ka sapna tha ki hum India ke liye khele, and when I left school, I had no option but to succeed in cricket,” (It was my father’s dream for us to play for the Indian cricket team, and when I left school, I had no option but to succeed in cricket), said Hardik Pandya. He goes on to talk about how he used to play for as little as Rs. 400 in local matches and village tournaments to support his family during hard times.
He recalls the time when after a warm-up, Sachin told him, “The way you are playing, in one and a half years you are going to play for India. You have that capability and the perseverance.” Hardik continues to say, “I was like, waah! Meri family ke liye us waqt aisa hogaya jaise maine sab kuch hasil kar liya, India ke liye khelu ya na khelu par Sachin sir ne bol diya matlab bas sab hasil”. (I was like waah! At that moment for my family it was the biggest achievement, whether I play for India or not was secondary.) No one knew then that within a short span of seven to eight months Hardik would play for India. His subsequent moment of glory was when Amitabh Bachchan told him that he was a big fan of his. He says that Amit ji had come around to meet him and after clicking a selfie with him, Amitabh apparently wanted to post the selfie first before any one of them posted the same.
The baby-faced wicket-keeper, Parthiv Patel who has had his share of adversities talks about how his love for the game has kept him going. From leading the Gujarat Ranji team to its first maiden win against Mumbai, Parthiv has come a long way. He talks candidly of his learnings from failures as well as gloats on the success he has achieved. All you need to do is turn to your mobile and download the Viu app on Android or iOS.