Hardik Pandya grew up watching Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, and VVS Laxman. However, his choice was a bit different when asked about his favorite player.
Hardik revealed that former opening batter Wasim Jaffer was his cricketing idol during his early days. Lately known for his witty humor on social media platforms, Jaffer had an average stint with the Indian side. The 44-year-old played 31 Tests and scored 1944 runs averaging 34.
Meanwhile, Jaffer’s international career failed to reflect his domestic record. He is the leading run-scorer in the history of Ranji Trophy. He amassed 12,038 runs in his first-class career.
Describing Jaffer, Pandya stated that he placed Mumbai star Wasim Jaffer above other legends of the game. “Like everyone, I too had favorite cricketers. I liked Jacques Kallis, Virat Kohli and Sachin sir. However, my favorite cricketer was Wasim Jaffer.”
Pandya, in conversation with the SG podcast, revealed he was in awe of Jaffer’s batting style.
Pandya, who aims to re-establish his place in the Indian side, spoke about his equation with brother Krunal Pandya. He said that they motivate each other to keep improving.