Hardik Pandya falsifies rumours of leaving Mumbai Indians before IPL Auction 2018 — WATCH

Hardik Pandya has been rested for the India vs Sri Lanka three-Test series starting November 16 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata

During the India vs New Zealand limited overs series there were rumours that the Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya is set to leave Mumbai Indians (MI) before Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. Pandya dismissed the rumours of him leaving MI for a better price in IPL 2018 player auction, a side that gave a head-start to the all-rounder’s career. Pandya came into limelight with his performances for the MI side. The 24-year-old said that he was ‘disappointed’ by the news and expressed his love for the franchise.

In an interview with News 18, Pandya said,

I was disappointed when I heard this news because this is false. This team has given me everything. Why would I leave it? My life changed when I got a chance to play for MI (Mumbai Indians) and then I never looked back. I had a small failure and that’s why I learned to be even more professional. You need to understand that some things are bad. That’s how you improve in life.

Kohli reveals his bond with Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni –

I have learned from both of them, they are amazing. I take a lot of advice from Dhoni. Virat is a gem of a guy. We keep on laughing, we keep on pulling each other’s legs. We have a very strong bond.

Kohli reveals why he was dropped from the Indian side –

To be honest, I asked for it. My body wasn’t up to it, I was getting niggles because of the amount of cricket that I have played. I want to play cricket when I am totally up for it when I can give my 100 percent. I am lucky that I have got this break. I will train in the gym during this break and improve my fitness. I won’t lie, I am really excited about South Africa series. I would like to use this break to improve my fitness for the series.

Here’s the video of the interview –

Though Pandya is expected to return to the side after the three-Test series as he has become quite an indispensable part of the limited overs side.