Mumbai Indians wouldn’t have been able to win the IPL title for the third time had Krunal Pandya not played an innings of 47 to help the side post a total of 129, which proved to be a match-winning one in the finale, as Mumbai defended it by a slender margin of one run against Rising Pune Supergiant. But the difference didn’t matter as far as the team is winning.

Krunal Pandya, the Man of the Final said that it was not easy for him playing this season, as he was no more an unknown commodity this time around, as he was coming in with big expectations and he also performed well in the opportunities provided,

“Performing well in the second Indian Premier League (IPL) season is always tough for players as the opponents have already read you and they come hard at you. I am very satisfied with my performance and this was the best season for me,” Pandya said.

Before IPL, Krunal had suffered injuries, as he missed Ranji Trophy again and only made a comeback for the Vijay Hazare Trophy for Baroda. He had a little time to be in the groove for the IPL, to be in-form for the big challenge.

But Krunal said that he was quite confident of performing in IPL, despite injuries being a barrier in his career,

“I was out of action for a long time due to injury but I had a good outing for Baroda in Vijay Hazare Trophy this season. So I was confident of performing well in IPL.”

Further, on being asked about his chances of playing for the Indian team, the Baroda all-rounder said that every cricketer dreams of playing for the country,

“I am not thinking much about it, but playing for the country is a dream for any cricketer,” he said.

There might be a case when Krunal finds himself on the plane to South Africa for the tri-series against South Africa A and Australia A. But fitness will be the key for him. In addition to that, he has to assimilate to the conditions there as unlike here, the tracks in Africa are quite fast which will test his capability and will be a litmus test for him before selectors consider for the national team.

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