‘Chhota Hardik Aaya hai’ – Suryakumar Yadav wishes Hardik Pandya on fatherhood

‘Chhota Hardik Aaya hai’ – Suryakumar Yadav wishes Hardik Pandya on fatherhood

Hardik and Surya play together for Mumbai Indians in the IPL.

Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya
Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Hardik Pandya, the Indian all-rounder, on Thursday, July 30, has become a father. Natasa Stankovic, his partner, gave birth to a baby boy. Over the last few weeks, Hardik has constantly been posting pictures with Natasha and her baby bump. A couple of months ago, the Baroda cricketer released the news of his wife being pregnant. Subsequently, the cricketing fraternity wished him.

Hardik didn’t have the greatest of times in 2019 due to unwanted controversies and some injury concerns. However, the year 2020 has been reasonably kind to him. Being a father means that the youngster will have a lot of responsibilities on his shoulders. In the meantime, Suryakumar Yadav, the talented Mumbai batsman wished Pandya on the happy development.

Kumar, who plays alongside Hardik for the Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), congratulated him. The batsman took to Twitter and wrote, “Chhota Hardik Aaya hai! May this innings of Fatherhood be very rewarding and the sweetest one ever! Congratulations Papa Hardik! @hardikpandya7.”

Here’s Yadav’s tweet

Hardik Pandya’s journey in recent times

After the Koffee with Karan controversy, Hardik’s career seemed to have gone into the doldrums. He was handed a provincial suspension by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). He was called back from the tour of Australia along with KL Rahul. However, in the tour of New Zealand, he made a comeback and showed his class. He also played the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.

However, after India’s T20I series against South Africa, Hardik developed an injury and he hasn’t played international cricket. He made his comeback into the squad for the ODI series versus South Africa. But the series had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic after an abandoned match at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala.

All this while, he has been spending time at his residence. Nevertheless, Hardik is set to make his comeback in the 2020 edition of the IPL, which is scheduled to get underway on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). India are also set to tour Australia later this year and it remains to be seen if he makes the cut for the tour or not.