Krunal Pandya is fast following on in the footsteps of his younger brother Hardik Pandya. While Hardik made his debut for India way back in 2016, Krunal played his first game for India in 2018. Just like Hardik, Krunal has also started his journey in international cricket with T20Is. And just like Hardik, Krunal has not taken long either to impress.
In the recently-concluded T20I series against West Indies, he was the Man of the Series. The Gujarat star impressed with both bat and ball to walk away with the prestigious award. 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. Unsurprisingly, his fine displays have made many compare him with his brother Hardik. Krunal, however, has said he doesn’t even think about comparisons. Krunal added the Pandya brothers have different mindsets but their ultimate aim is to make the country proud.
He also stressed that he wants to represent India across all 3 formats and not just the shortest format. Krunal also said that he has his eyes set on the next World T20.
“There has never been a case of getting out of Hardik’s shadow. We enjoy each other’s success. Have never thought of any comparison as our journeys have been very different. There has never been any insecurity. Whoever succeeds, the other person is very happy. Our mindsets are very different and the focus is on making the country proud,” Krunal Pandya told IANS.
“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,” he added.