Krunal Pandya is one of the best all-rounders for India. He made many match-winning performances for Mumbai Indians in the IPL and in a few occasions in the limited overs format. He is included in the team for the first T20I against West Indies. India will face the Caribbean team for the T20I series on 4th November 2018 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Hardik Pandya is the younger brother of Krunal Pandya. Krunal will make his international debut in the first match of three T20I series. He will be a part of the Indian T20I team that tours Australia next month.
He did a great job for Mumbai Indians and scored 228 runs at the strike rate of above 145 and picked 14 wickets in the IPL 2018. He did justice for the whopping price on him, Rs.8.8 crore. He was excited to know that he was included in the team for the tour to Australia along with the West Indies series. His performance won him the chance to represent India A earlier in a quadrangular series where he slammed 96 runs for India A and picked four wickets at an economy rate of 4.80. Against England A, he picked three wickets at an economy rate of 5.44.
He said that “I was really surprised and obviously, happy when I got to know of my selection,”
“The team was announced at 10.30pm. [My wife] 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.”
In 2017, he got an opportunity to represent Mumbai Indians and he performed well in the semi-final and played his part in clinching the title for the team.
He further told to Times of India that “I got married in December, and in January, I became the most expensive uncapped player in the IPL 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,” accrediting his national call-up to his wife.
He added to his comments about his experience of watching MS Dhoni closer that “I was there for a very short time. I was with the India A team there before I was called up into the squad. I observed Mahi bhai 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,”
He told about missing an opportunity to play along with his brother Hardik Pandya that “He 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,”
“It’s a dream that in future we will play together for India, as we do for Mumbai Indians. From childhood, we’ve played all our cricket together.”
Hardik Pandya is currently recovering from a back injury he sustained during the Asia cup.