After representing Indian Premier League franchise Mumbai Indians together, Pandya brothers Hardik and Krunal are all set to play for another team together once again.
The duo will play for Swaraj Cricket Club, which is a team in the second division of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA). The club is sponsored by TAKE Solutions. A total of 12 teams plays in the second division in the TNCA.
The star duo’s presence will surely boost Swaraj Cricket Club’s chances in the tournament. The format of tournament allows every team to include two outstation players in their team and acquiring the services of these two stars is an indication that Swaraj Cricket Club is pushing hard to gain promotion to the first division.
Krunal, the elder of the two brothers, took this year’s IPL by storm. Krunal, in his maiden IPL, scored 237 runs at an average of 39.50 and strike-rate of 191.12, in 12 matches. He was equally impressive with the bowl too by taking 6 wickets at an economy rate of below 8 RPO.
On the other hand, Hardik Pandya, who shot into limelight after last year’s IPL, had a disappointing IPL this year. The 22-year-old failed to keep his place in the team and looked completely unsettled during the tournament. He batted at No 3 in three straight games, and failed. He went down the order, and failed. A total of 44 runs in nine innings and three wickets at 51 apiece show how disastrous he was.
As there are no upcoming domestic or international assignments for the Pandya brothers, playing some competitive cricket will surely help them to keep in touch with the game.
Talking about the tournament former Indian pacer Lakshmipathi Balaji, who is Tamil Nadu’s player as well as a coach, told SportsKeeda, “Most of the time they (cricketers from the districts) don’t have much exposure before they play at the state level. A professional league such as this would bridge the gap. This would also give the selectors access to talent that may not always be spotted.”