Kieron Pollard, Mumbai Indians all-rounder, opened up on his camaraderie with Pandya brothers – Hardik and Krunal – and said that the friendship between the trio remains as much on the field as it is off the field.
Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya and Kieron Pollard are three of the best players in MI team, and the trio are expected to play a crucial role when MI play the final on Tuesday against either SunRisers Hyderabad or Delhi Capitals. Kieron Pollard also described Krunal Pandya as the ‘smarter Pandya’.
Kieron Pollard: Relationships Between Pandya Brothers Off Field Transcends Into Cricket Too
Hardik Pandya has played purely as a batsman this season not to aggravate back injury and amassed 278 runs averaging 39.71 in 13 games. In comparison, Krunal Pandya has scored 108 runs and taken 6 wickets in 15 matches. Kieron Pollard, on the other hand, has scored 259 and taken 4 wickets in IPL 2020.
“As I always say there is Hardik Pandya and then there is the smarter Pandya (Krunal). For us the relationship that we have off the field, transcends onto the cricket field,” Pollard, who has played over 150 games for MI, said in a video shared on their Twitter handle.
“We share some of the same sort of sentiments, the kind of people that we are in terms of just wanting to help, and just enjoying the moment and being thankful and grateful for whatever opportunities that is presented to us,” he added.
“They (Pandya brothers) are more open and loud, but they are not like that just off the field, when they go on to the cricket field, the flair that they show, Hardik especially, that aspect of it, he goes out, backs himself, he is confident. So these are some of the things that we share in common,” Pollard further said.
Kieron Pollard has 3014 runs in 163 games averaging 30.14 and taken 60 wickets too averaging 32.45. Krunal Pandya meanwhile is one run short of 1000 runs.
Kieron Pollard States Hardik Pandya Is Confident And Always Happy
Kieron Pollard further went on to praise Hardik Pandya for the confidence he shows off and on the field.
“The way that they are, they are like good people. And you will find it very difficult not to like these individuals.”
“Hardik for his confidence, no matter what, he is confident. He is always happy, always there, and then there is Krunal. But these fellows are amazing,” Pollard said.
“When it’s off, it’s fun, it’s all games but when it is time for business and serious talks as well, we have that, so that sort of mutual respect, and that common understanding, goes a long way,” Pollard signed off.
SRH will face DC in the Eliminator on Sunday, and the winner of the contest will meet MI in the final.