The current quarantine period has left the cricketing fraternity with plenty of time for themselves. These athletes, who otherwise live on a packed schedule throughout the year, travelling from one continent to another, have found some much-needed rest. The likes of Virat Kohli, Kevin Pietersen, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Virat Kohli have engaged in video calls to have some fun chats. Meanwhile, all-rounder Krunal Pandya opened up to a Q&A session on Twitter, wherein he named his favourite overseas cricketer ever.
The elder of the Pandya brothers, when asked by a fan, mentioned West Indies’ legend Brian Lara as his favourite foreign player of all time. Krunal singled out his style and charismatic batting as a reason for being his favourite. The former left-handed batsman is the holder of numerous records for the men in maroon, having made his debut in 1990.
Krunal Pandya’s Favourite Foreign Player:
— Krunal Pandya (@krunalpandya24) April 2, 2020
The 50-year old’s 400 not out is the highest score made by a batsman in Tests. Having played the marathon knock in 2004 against England, only a few batsmen have come close in overhauling his record. Most recently, Lara featured in the Bushfire Cricket Bash wherein he carted Andrew Symonds for two sixes and a four in an over. It signified that the Trinidadian hasn’t lost touch even after bidding adieu to international cricket in 2007.
The 29-year old named Afghan spin-bowler Rashid Khan as the toughest bowler he has faced. Krunal and Rashid Khan have embroiled in battles in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Ever since Krunal’s debut in 2016 for Mumbai Indians, he has been their integral part and won two out of four titles. He bowls left-arm spin and is more than a handy batsman down the order, capable of clearing the ground with ease.
With the T20 World Cup fast approaching, the all-rounder would be keen to press his case for selection. However, with IPL likely to get cancelled this year due to the Coronavirus threat, Krunal’s chances might take a hit. The Ahmedabad-born all-rounder made his national debut in 2018 against West Indies. So far, he has represented India in only T20s, having featured in 18 fixtures with 14 scalps and a batting strike rate of 131.52.