Posted on: November 17, 2019 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

first_imgKrunal Pandya may get a chance to make his debut for Team India in the upcoming T20Is against West Indies and Australia, with his younger brother Hardik Pandya who is out of action due to a back injury he suffered against Pakistan at the 2018 Asia Cup.Krunal was also brought in for the T20Is in England earlier this year as a replacement for injured Washington Sundar. Even though he did not get a chance to play, Krunal in recent interview revealed that the he learnt a lot from the experience.”I was there for a very short time. I was with the India ‘A’ team there, before I was called up into the squad,” Krunal told Times of India. “I observed Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) closely during those six days. I told myself: ‘I want to be like him.’ The way he carries himself, his simplicity, grace, he’s achieved so much, but is so down to earth.”But Krunal’s wish to play alongside Dhoni will have to wait, after the former India skipper was not picked for the two T20I series. Krunal has been performing consistently over the last three years, domestically for Mumbai Indians, Baroda and in list matches for India A as well, and credited his Rahul Dravid for helping improving his game.”His (Dravid’s) inputs have been of great help. He told me that: ‘If you’ve to be a consistent performer, you’ve to play according to what the situation demands, rather than playing your natural game.’ He has told me to back myself to stick to hitting the big shots, since I’ve the ability to do that,” said Krunal.advertisementKrunal is also excited that he can make debut under Rohit Sharma, who captains him in the Indian Prmier League.”I started playing in the IPL under him (Rohit), and have played around 50-60 games under him. His inputs have been valuable. He gives a player the chance to express himself. We both know each other very well. It’s good for me.”Krunal also recalled the time when he found about his selection in the Indian ricket team, saying that he was ‘surprised’ when his wife Pankhuri told him. He credited his wife for bringing him luck.”I was really surprised and obviously, happy when I got to know of my selection,” he said. “The team was announced at 10.30pm. Pankhuri told me that I was selected for the T20s against West Indies. After that, when I logged on to Twitter, I saw my name in the Indian T20 team for Australia also. Hardik had gone to sleep by then, as he had to train in the morning. However, he came out after he got to know and was all excited. “I got married in December, and in January, I became the most expensive uncapped player in the IPL (he was bought by MI for Rs 8.8 crores, 22 times more than his base price). A few months later I was picked for the Indian team in England when I least expected it since I was with the India ‘A’ team there, and now this. Obviously lady luck is working.”Krunal also hopes to play alongside his brother for India in the future.”He (Hardik) just told me to go out and play bindaas (carefree) cricket. I’ll pick his brains about how to play in Australia, since he’s been there twice,” he said.”It’s a dream that in future we will play together for India, like we do for MI. From childhood, we’ve played all our cricket together.”last_img

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