New Delhi: Anyone who has played international cricket for India will always remain as a star for cricket fans in a county where the sport is considered as a religion.
Even after retiring from the game, cricketers try to stay in the sport in order to contribute towards the game, but there are players who chose to move away and pursue a career somewhere else.
Punjabi singer Harrdy Sandhu, earlier tried his hand in cricket as a career option before becoming a singer.
Sandhu’s dream of playing for India came crashing down after suffering an elbow injury.
Speaking to Circle of Bollywood, Hardy was quoted saying, “I played for around 10 years. I have played for the U-19 cricket team with Shikhar Dhawan. He was my roommate, and I have also played with Cheteshwar Pujara and Ishant Sharma. But in 2006, I had an elbow injury. I was a fast bowler and the injury was on my right arm. I tried to get treatment here, but kuch hua nahi .”
“I then decided to go to Australia to see good doctors and physiotherapists. I got a student visa and thought if my treatment is successful, I will come back to India and start playing again. Warna padhai karke, wahin settle ho jaunga. I was there for 11 months and in that period, I met a lot of doctors, par kuch hua nahi. Wahan taxi bhi chalayi.” He said.
The singer spoke about the difficulties he faced while pursuing cricket as a career to becoming a singer. “I have been singing since I was four. Jab taxi mein koi nahi hota tha, tab gaata rehta tha. During that time, IPL had started and all those who were junior to me, unka bhi selection ho gaya. I felt really bad. I could have easily played in IPL.”
He added “Maine ghar pe bina bataye return ticket li India ki, socha ki agar ghar waale maan gaye toh reh jaunga, nahi maane toh wapas aa jaunga. Maine aake sabse pehle yahi try kiya ki mujhe IPL khelna hai chaahe kuch ho jaye. Then I met a Sri Lankan physiotherapist and started playing for Ranji, but during those matches, phir injury ho gayi. I left cricket then, and maine socha ab mujhe singing karni chahiye.
During Celebrity Cricket League season 6 Hardy Sandhu displayed his batting power while playing for Punjab de Sher, where he scored a half-century against Bengal Tigers.
Asked if he regrets after failing to fulfill his dream, the singer said, "Sometimes I do regret not being able to play for India because I feel, mere coaches ko bhi yahi lagta hai ki main khel sakta tha India ke liye. I had the potential, but it is all destiny”....