Hardik Pandya along with his brother Krunal Pandya at MS Dhoni's house in Ranchi
Hardik Pandya along with his brother Krunal Pandya at MS Dhoni's house in Ranchi

Every cricket fans were aware of MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya’s friendship on and off the cricket ground. Not only with Hardik Pandya, Indian former skipper MS Dhoni always has a good friendly relationship and has no record of having conflict with his team players during his entire cricket carrier.

Hardik Pandya recalls one such incident where they got surprised in an attempt to make a surprise to him(MS Dhoni).

Everyone knows that Hardik Pandya along with his brother Krunal and wife Pankhuri took a chartered flight to Ranchi to celebrate MS Dhoni’s 39th birthday event(previous year).

Many may not aware of the behind the screen incident where the Pandya brothers themself got surprised by a call from MS Dhoni once they landed in Ranchi.

Hardik Pandya Recalls the Visit to Ranchi

In a recent interaction, Hardik revealed how his surprise visit to Ranchi didn’t shock Dhoni as he was already made aware of the Pandya brothers’ travel plans.

Hardik Pandya leaving Ranchi Airport
Hardik Pandya leaving Ranchi Airport

On being asked if Dhoni was surprised seeing him, Hardik said, “No! Because [someone from the airport staff] called him, saying Hardik and Krunal are coming”. So my surprise got spoiled.

Before I took off, he is like: “Are you coming here?” I said: “How did you know?” He said: “These charter people told me you’re coming. Chal, theek hai, aaja [All right, come over]”.

“I go there and find him gardening. I asked how his body was and he said his knee hurt a little. I asked why”.

He says, “I repaired about 50 bikes, and I needed to kneel and squat for it. Now I do it standing up,” he added.

Hardik also spoke at length about the equation he has with the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper.

He said, “Mahi Bhai is a darling. There are a lot of things I am allowed [with him], which no one else is. We connect well. Maybe he likes the fact that I never treat him like MS Dhoni. And he understands where I come from. He is like, Okay, yeh kar raha hai toh kuch soch ke kar raha hai [If Hardik is doing something, it’s only after he has considered it] type.”

As of now, Hardik Pandya is one among the Indian team who were placed inside the bubble for the ICC T20 World Cup. Notably, MS Dhoni has been appointed as the Mentor for the Indian team.