Krunal Pandya Aims To Play 2019 World Cup Alongside Brother Hardik
For nearly a decade, Indian cricket had the fascination of the famous Pathan brothers. The two brothers, a righty and the other a southpaw, were extremely gifted and the ones who justified the term – match winner. On their own, the two won India numerous games and were also vital cogs of championship glories for India, such as the World T20 in 2007 and the 2011 World Cup.
Forward to a few years, and we have another pair of brothers, emerging from the very town as the Pathan brothers did. The Pandya brothers, in the last couple of years, have ascended to the top in no time. The IPL has definitely played a key role in their inspiring rise, but ultimately, it has been their never say die attitude which has won them millions of fans.
A year after younger brother Hardik made his India debut, elder sibling Krunal Pandya is set to represent India A in his first tour ever. The southpaw was delighted on being selected for the India A squad for the tri-series in South Africa and spoke about playing alongside his younger brother.
“The aim is not just to represent India for a couple of matches here and there but to play for as long as possible. It would be a dream come true if I and Hardik can together play for India in the 2019 World Cup. But right now, the focus will be on doing well for India A,” said Krunal. “Hardik was ecstatic. He called me and said that ‘You are getting there’. Having already played for India, he has an insight about top-flight cricket and I always discuss with him to pick finer points. There can’t be a closer buddy than your own brother,” he added.
Speaking about his success in the 2017 IPL, Krunal said,
“I knew opposition teams would study my game during this edition of the IPL after a reasonably good first season. I had to work on my weaknesses as the second season becomes the very key in an international level tournament like IPL. I worked on both aspects of my game and it paid off,” he said.
“My thinking is simple. When you are batting, think like a bowler to stay one step ahead and vice versa while bowling. Reading the mind of an opposition player is very important. I would only like to focus on things which are in my control. I can’t perform thinking about who are my competitors. My job is to maximise my potential and perform to the best of my abilities. I will strive doing that,” the southpaw concluded.
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