Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Indian National Cricket Team
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All-rounders Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya created history as they became the third Indian brother pair to play for Indian National Cricket team. However, it won’t be a sweet memory for the Baroda duo as India suffered their worst T20I defeat against New Zealand at Wellington.

Hosts New Zealand bounced back in style to beat Rohit Sharma & Co by 80 runs in the first T20I encounter after suffering a humiliating 4-1 loss in the ODIs. An 86-run opening stand between Colin Munro and Tim Seifert within nine overs set the tone for a big score. Despite losing Munro at the other end, Seifert continued the onslaught to bring his maiden fifty in T20I cricket. Although he missed his hundred by 16 runs, some useful contributions from Ross Taylor and Scott Kuggeleijn helped the Kiwis post 219 runs.

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However, India failed to match with the required run rate during their chase. They lost wickets at regular intervals as the Kiwi bowlers did an extremely good job with the ball. Tim Southee picked three while Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner picked two each to seal the game in their favour.

Meanwhile, the Pandya brothers had an average outing as Indian National Cricket team failed as a unit. On that note, let us take a look at the three brother pair to have played for India:

The Amarnath Brothers

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Both Mohinder Amarnath and Surinder Amarnath played International cricket for India and were sons of the legendary Lala Amarnath. Surinder was a left-handed batsman who had a lot of experience in the domestic cricket. However, he didn’t get enough opportunity for India as he managed to play only ten Tests scoring runs at an average of 30.55.

On the other hand, Mohinder Amarnath was one of the notable batsmen of his times. His ability to bat for long against all odds made him earn praise from greats like Imran Khan and Malcom Marshall. Moreover, he is one of the few batsmen to score 1000 runs in one season.

The Pathan Brothers

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Many years after the Amarnath brothers, came the duo of Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan to the international scene. While Irfan was more illustrious of the two, Yusuf has made some for his unbelievable stroke play.
Irfan Pathan made a mark picking a hattrick against Pakistan. Known for his ability to swing the ball both ways – Irfan Pathan has produced many match-winning efforts for India. On the other hand, Yusuf was part of the Indian 2007 World Cup team.
Irfan currently is a part of the Jammu & Kashmir team as player cum coach while Yusuf still plays for Baroda in the domestic circuit.

The Pandya Brothers

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The city of Vadodara has produced another excellent duo of all-rounders – Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya after the Pathan brothers. The duo have come up the ranks and grabbed eyeballs during their stint for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.

Earlier in the day, they played their first game together when Indian National Cricket team clashed against New Zealand in Wellington. The Pandya brothers; however, consider themselves lucky that they can play together and it is like a dream come true for them.

 

Ankush Das

I am an accountant by qualification, my parents thought their obedient son would study further to become a CA, but I had other things in mind. An ardent Cricket fan is following his passion and making a living watching and working around his favorite sport.