Team India's all-rounder Hardik Pandya's 2 watches worth 5 crores have been confiscated by the Customs Department. According to the customs department, Hardik did not have the bills for this watch nor did he declare these watches in his luggage. However, Pandya has given their total worth as 1.80 crores. One watch is 1.40 lakhs and the other is 40 lakhs.
The Indian team has returned home after being out of the ICC T20 World Cup. Hardik Pandya also returned with the team late on Sunday night, but the customs department stopped him and detained both his watches. The value of both the detained watches was Rs 5 crore.
Hardik Pandya was disappointed with both his poor fitness and form in the T20 World Cup. In three innings of 5 matches, Pandya had scored just 69 runs at an average of 34.50. In the entire tournament, he bowled only four overs and could not take a single wicket. A lot of question marks were also raised on his fitness in the initial matches. Due to poor form and fitness, he was not selected in the home series against New Zealand.
Venkatesh Iyer, Harshal Patel, and Avesh Khan, who performed brilliantly in IPL Phase-2, have been made part of the T20 team for the first time. Talking about Iyer and Harshal, both the players can show good game for the team with ball and bat. However, former batsman VVS Laxman says that Venkatesh Iyer can prove to be Hardik Pandya's backup in the team. He said that Venkatesh Iyer can be groomed as an all-rounder.
By the way, Hardik has an old relationship with controversies. In the year 2019, in the TV show 'Koffee with Karan', Hardik made lewd comments about women with fellow player KL Rahul, after which he was also dropped from the national team. However, he later apologized, after which his ban was temporarily lifted.