March 24 is Krunal Pandya’s birthday. He will turn 30 this year. But he got the birthday present five days in advance. When the Indian team was announced for three ODIs against England on Friday, the Baroda left-handed all-rounder was also named in it. Although Krunal may be known as the elder brother of Hardik Pandya but he has a different identity from IPL to domestic cricket. As an all-rounder who can contribute equally from both ball and bat.
Krunal plays in the IPL along with his brother. On many occasions, he has made Mumbai difficult by playing useful innings. In Vadodara, both Hardik and Krunal played cricket from Kiran More’s academy. While Hardik made his mark at the international level, Krunal also did not lag behind. He has represented India in 18 T20 Internationals. This is the first time he has been selected for the ODI series.
Krunal has been rewarded for his good performance with the bat in the recently concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy. He scored two centuries and two half-centuries in five matches. He scored a hundred against Tripura and Chhattisgarh and a half-century against Goa and Hyderabad. Now he can get a chance to wear Team India’s retro jersey.
Team India has stiff competition for the left-arm spin bowling all-rounder. While Ravindra Jadeja is the first choice for this role, after his injury, Akshar Patel was tried in the Test series against England, which he took full advantage of. Krunal, who took 14 wickets in 18 T20 Internationals, will have a chance to impress in the ODI series.
Akshar Patel is not in the squad for the ODI series, while Kuldeep Yadav has got a place. Yadav, however, has not been able to secure his place in the team for some time and at the same time, Krunal’s batting strengthens his claim as a spin bowling all-rounder. Ravindra Jadeja is yet to recover from injury and will not play in this series. In such a situation, Krunal can get a chance to show his game.
Record of Krunal Pandya
Pandya has scored 121 runs in 18 T20 Internationals at an average of 24.20. His strike rate is 131.21. At the same time, he has scored 470 runs in 8 first class matches. He has scored 1983 runs in List A matches. Apart from this, he has a total of 183 wickets in all formats in his name.
Pandya also knows that this is a big opportunity for him. If they get a place in the playing eleven, they will have limited opportunity to prove themselves. This series can also be very important in terms of his journey in international cricket.