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T20 World Cup: Krunal Pandya Optimistic About Playing Tournament With Brother Hardik For India

With the 2021 T20 World Cup squad all set to be announced on Wednesday evening, Krunal Pandya definitely hopes to find a spot in the final squad and join his younger brother on the flight to UAE for the much-awaited showpiece event.

Team India cricketer Krunal Pandya and Hardik Pandya (Photo Credit: Instagram/HardikPandya)

New Delhi: While star allrounder Hardik Pandya is a crore member in the Indian limited-overs set-up, elder brother Krunal has been in and around the national side in recent times. And with the 2021 T20 World Cup squad all set to be announced on Wednesday evening, Krunal would definitely hope to find a spot in the final squad and join his younger brother on the flight to UAE for the much-awaited showpiece event.

“Yeah, true. Let’s hope it happens soon. Plenty of World Cups coming soon,” he told ESPNcricinfo.

Coming to the Indian Premier League (IPL) – set to resume from September 19 — Mumbai Indians (MI) all-rounder Krunal feels bagging the wicket of someone like AB de Villers — one of his favourite players — in the league is always a delight.

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“I remember in the 2016 and 2017 IPL seasons, I got him (ABD) a few times and after that I have made sure I have not gone for runs against him. That mindset has helped me in that I have not been in awe or afraid of the situation. I have always believed that if you want to grow, you have to do something special against the biggest guys,” Krunal said.

Another cricketer who can be devastating on his day is Delhi Capitals (DC) skipper Rishabh Pant.

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And speaking about his mentality while bowling to an attacking batsman like Pant, Krunal said: “Having dismissed Rishabh Pant three times who can take down any spinner on his day, I know I have worked hard to do well in this situation. [It’s] not an easy situation. I can’t feel under pressure. Let’s switch on the mind and do my best.”

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Speaking about one of his best IPL games, Krunal said: “The 2017 final and 2019 final. In the 2019 final, I did not contribute much, but it is about how we won it as a team. For me that’s more important than individual performances.”

“In 2017 final, we [Mumbai Indians] were around 78 for 7 when the strategic timeout was taken. I just told myself that I will go all out in the last two overs, in terms of hitting. Before that, I will just nudge the ball around for whatever runs. Luckily it went according to plan, where I almost got 25-30 runs in the last few overs. That gave us a total we could defend,” he added.

(With ANI Inputs)

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