IPL 2020: Krunal Pandya relishes performing in tough situations, keen to make India comeback

Krunal has played a key role in MI's dominance in the IPL 2020 so far.

Krunal Pandya celebrating with skipper Rohit Sharma | IANSMumbai Indians (MI) are having a great time in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) in UAE. The defending champions are leading the points table with 6 wins from 8 games.

Such has been the dominance of MI that all-rounder Krunal Pandya’s services with the bat haven’t really needed so far.

In 8 outings, Krunal has remained unbeaten 4 times while he hasn’t got the chance to bat on 2 occasions.

However, the all-rounder remains unperturbed by it as he believes his job is to fit into the role that the management gives him.

“Yeah, I am playing this role for the last four-five years. This year also I am happy with the way I have been going about with my batting and bowling. This year we have been doing really well and the top-order has done well so I haven't really batted, but the little I have, I have tried to create an impact,” Krunal told ANI.

Coming to the bowling front, Krunal Pandya is Rohit Sharma's go-to-man when the team needs wickets in the middle-overs. He has picked up 5 wickets in the IPL 2020 with his slow left-arm spin.

"Bowling wise also, I have tried to do well. I have bowled those crucial overs and I am happy how I have gone about it. And yes, like you said, it is a thankless job, but I love those tough situations and I wait for those as a player. You know, go out their and bail your team out from those tough situations and win games for the team," he added.

While Krunal has done his bit in MI’s dominance, an India comeback is also very much at the back of his mind.

"I also want to comeback into the Indian team. If you see the games I have played for India, I have done well in terms of the bowling I did. I got Man of the Match awards. Overall I was happy with the journey with the Indian team. I am looking forward to making a comeback.

"At the end of the day, I have never thought about it as an individual. I have always believed in keeping the team first, be it for India, Mumbai Indians or Baroda. Sometimes, if the required run-rate is 15 and you bowl a 6-run over, that is as good as a four-wicket haul.

"Again, that 4-ball 20 against SRH created an impact and brought the momentum back for us. I never think about those big runs or picking wickets. It is about what is important for the team," he explained.

(With ANI inputs)


By Salman Anjum - 17 Oct, 2020

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