Krunal Pandya is one of the very few current Indian players who has played ample cricket under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma. Krunal made a name for himself by playing under Rohit’s captaincy in the Indian Premier League. Krunal made his IPL debut for Mumbai Indians in 2016 and has been an integral part of the team since then.
Since 2016, he has helped Rohit and Mumbai Indians lift two IPL titles. Krunal is now one of the most sought after allrounders in the country. He is now getting to know what it is like to play under Virat Kohli’s captaincy. Krunal made his debut for India during the tour of Australia last year and is now looking set to become an integral part of the T20I side.
He recently bagged the Man of the Series award against West Indies. The southpaw was instrumental in India’s 3-0 win over the reigning world champions. In the second T20I, Pandya struck twice to derail the home team’s run chase. Krunal finished the game with figures of 2 for 23 in 3.3 overs. He received the Man of the Match award for his showing in the second game. He was economical in the first match of the series as well, finishing with figures of 4-1-13-1. His spell in the first game included 16 dot balls.
Krunal has now played under both Rohit and Kohli and has opened up on the experience. But unlike many, Krunal hasn’t found much to distinguish their captaincy styles.
“They are both very successful captains and they are all about standing by the teammates,” Krunal told IANS. “They are both brilliant leaders and be it Mumbai Indians or Team India, I always look to give it my 100 per cent. Have not really found much difference as they both go out to win.”
The 28-year old further said that his dream is to play in the World T20 next year. Krunal has so far played 14 T20is, scoring 102 runs and taking 14 wickets.
“The dream is to represent India in the World T20. Every performance will matter, but that is a long-term goal. For now, it is about making it to the team in the next series and then do well. If I manage to keep performing, the goal of playing in the World T20 in Australia will obviously be fulfilled,” he said.