Krunal Pandya trolls Hardik after matching brother’s feat on T20I debut

first_imgKrunal Pandya and Hardik Pandya are really close and one doesn’t need to meet them to know that. Just listening to them talking about each other and seeing their social media handles is enough.The brothers share a great chemistry and have been playing a key role in Mumbai Indians’ success over the last few years in the Indian Premier League but on Sunday, Krunal created a moment to cherish for the Pandya family as a Team India player.The senior Pandya made his India debut at the Eden Gardens in the first T20I against West Indies and with that, he and Hardik became only the second set of brothers after Irfan and Yusuf Pathan to play T20Is for India.Not only that, he matched a unique record set by his younger brother. Krunal bowled a wicket-maiden in his second over and that is exactly what Hardik did against Australia on his T20I debut in Adelaide back in 2016.India vs West Indies 1st T20I: Report | Highlights | PhotosNot only that, Krunal starred for India in the match as the hosts edged past West Indies to win the match by five wickets.The 27-year-old returned figures of 1/15 from his four overs and scored 21 off 9 balls in a tricky chase to guide India home in the first T20I.And when he was asked what his brother’s message was before the series, he joked: “We don’t talk much about cricket. We just pull each others legs. Before the tournament he told me ‘Go there and keep my name.’ He adviced me to play fearless cricket and that’s all he can do.”Also read – Krunal Pandya, Khaleel Ahmed make T20I debuts in KolkataadvertisementOne has to say that he certainly has done so and perhaps better than Hardik, who returned figures of 2/37 from three overs against Australia in India’s 37-run win. Krunal Pandya became the 78th player to represent India in T20I cricket (BCCI Photo)The thing that makes Krunal different is his hunger to thrive under pressure and on Sunday, he did exactly that. He bowled four tight overs and got the all-important wicket of Kieron Pollard and scored 21 important runs off 9 balls to guide India home.”I wait for pressure situations and I want tough situations so that I can be a hero. I love it. No butterflies at all. I told myself that I was waiting for this opportunity and I didn’t take pressure,” said Krunal when asked about feeling the pressure on his debut.He was also emotional when asked about how it felt to make his debut for India finally.”I have been waiting for my opportunities. I was preparing myself and my ultimate goal was to play for India. I was desperate, waiting for this opportunity to play for India. I just wanted to play one game game,” said the all-rounder from Baroda.Also read – Krunal Pandya wanted to bowl to Kieron Pollard and got him out: Rohit SharmaKrunal’s MI connection was at display at the Eden Gardens on Sunday as well. While he was playing under his captain Rohit Sharma, he was also up against his ‘brother’ Kieron Pollard. Kieron Pollard was Krunal Pandya’s sole wicket of the match (AP Photo)”I am going to tease him for sure. He was like a brother to me. Getting his wicket was special for me,” said Krunal.”That was my love for Pollard,” he added when asked about his flying kiss celebration.Also Read – Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer in comical run outThe southpaw also lavished praise upon Rohit, who is leading India in the three-match series in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli.”I have played lot of cricket under Rohit. The best part about playing under him is he allows you to express whether you are batting or bowling. He never gives you pressure. It was good to get my cap from him. I got my IPL cap from him as well,” said a proud Krunal.He also opened up on the bonding between himself and Hardik, who is currently out of the squad because of an injury.”The bonding between me and Hardik is exceptional. Whenever he does well I feel happy and when I do well, he feels happy. We are very nervous when each other is playing,” Krunal said.This is what we’ve dreamed of big bro @krunalpandya24 pandya (@hardikpandya7) November 4, 2018However, he ruled out any sense of competition between the brothers because according to him, Hardik and him have different skill sets.advertisement”I’ll give my 100 per cent but I don’t compete with each other. We have different set of skills. He is a fast-bowling all-rounder and I am a spin bowling all-rounder. I would love to play with him rather than competing with him,” Krunal said.Krunal also thanked his parents and wife for their help in shaping his career.”My parents are very proud and now they are living their life,” Krunal said.”She has been the lucky charm I can say and from the day I got married my luck has changed and I hope I continue to do well,” he added when asked about his wife Pankhuri, who tied the knot with Krunal on 2017.last_img

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