India tour of Sri Lanka: Team India all-rounder Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya, who are gearing up to represent the national side in the tour of Sri Lanka, has expressed that the lockdown imposed due to COVID-19 pandemic last year was the toughest time. Hardik spent most of his lockdown time with his brother Krunal and family.
“What we have realised, like last time, also when there was a lockdown, as a country, as the world, we are going through one of the toughest times in terms of what is happening outside. This year also, with the IPL being cancelled. It was unfortunate. It was a concern, in fact, the way the cases were escalating in India. So obviously, it’s been a very very tough time in terms of what we are facing as a country,” Krunal told Sportscast.
India tour of Sri Lanka: Hardik also opened up about what he and his brother used to spend time in lockdown in a way that improved them.
“Last year, it (the lockdown) helped us improve as overall individuals. For us it was more important because we could spend time on our skills, we were able to improve our fitness, because we had time and, by God’s grace, we have a gym where we can work out as well. And we got to spend time with each other. As individuals, we are very honest with each other. So if something was wrong with Krunal, I told him. If something was wrong with me, he told me. For us, it was an improvement phase and our goals changed in life. We got so much time that we spoke about everything, from our cricket to our lives…We improved as humans as well…The lockdown period made us brutally honest.” Hardik said.
Pandya brothers were picked by BCCI for the upcoming limited-overs series against Sri Lanka. The senior player like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will be in England for the Test tour when this second-string Indian side tour Sri Lanka.