India all-rounder Hardik Pandya on Saturday batted for an Indian Premier League behind closed doors owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

During an Instagram chat with Dinesh Karthik, Hardik also said on a lighter note that one cup of coffee proved to be very costly for him, referring to his controversial remarks on TV show Koffee With Karan, which created a furore.

“I don’t drink coffee,” he is quoted as telling KKR captain Karthik. “I drink green tea instead. I drank coffee only once, and [that] proved to be too expensive for me. I can bet that Starbucks would not have [had] such an expensive coffee. Since then, I stay away from coffee.”

Speaking about the possibility of hosting the IPL without spectators, Hardik said: “It will be different. We are used to playing in front of them as the feeling of competition comes with the crowd.

“I’ve played in the Ranji Trophy without crowds, and it feels different. To be honest, if that [IPL behind closed doors] happens, it will be a smarter option. At least people will be entertained at home.”

Brother Krunal, who was also present during the live session, seconded Hardik’s view.

The Pandya brothers play for Mumbai Indians in the IPL.