No insecurity, we enjoy each other’s success: Krunal Pandya on Hardik

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 13, 2019UPDATED: August 13, 2019 19:48 IST Krunal Pandya said he wants to play all 3 formats for the senior national team (Hardik Pandya Instagram)HIGHLIGHTSKrunal Pandya said he is looking at sealing a T20 World Cup berthKrunal shone for India with all-round performances in T20I series win over West IndiesThere has never been a case of getting out of Hardik’s shadow: KrunalIndia all-rounder Krunal Pandya has said he doesn’t even think about comparisions between him and his younger brother Hardik Pandya. Krunal added the Pandya brothers have different mindets but their ultimate aim is to make the country proud with their contribution to the senior national team.Stressing that he wants to represent India across all 3 formats and not just the shortest format, Krunal Pandya added he is working towards sealing a berth in India’s T20 World Cup squad for next year.Krunal Pandya made good use of the opportunity that came his way in the 3-match T20I series against West Indies earlier this month. The all-rounder picked up 3 wickets and hit 32 runs in 2 matches to bag the Man of the Series award as India went on to whitewash West Indies 3-0.While Hardik Pandya is a regular for Team India across all formats, Krunal, who made his international debut in 2018, has played 14 T20Is. The Mumbai Indians all-rounder though has been impressive in the shortest format of the game, coming up with match-winning performances consistently.”There has never been a case of getting out of Hardik’s shadow. We enjoy each other’s success. Have never thought of any comparison as our journeys have been very different. There has never been any insecurity. Whoever succeeds, the other person is very happy. Our mindsets are very different and the focus is on making the country proud,” Krunal Pandya told IANS in an interview.”The dream is to represent India in the World T20. Every performance will matter, but that is a long term goal. For now, it is about making it to the team in the next series and then do well.advertisement”If I manage to keep performing, the goal of playing in the World T20 in Australia will obviously be fulfilled. However, for now, the focus is the next series against South Africa. Always important to take it one at a time.”Accepting mistakes and rectifying them Hardik’s strength: KrunalMeanwhile, Krunal Pandya also said his brother and MI teammate Hardik has put behind the controversy that surrounded his comments in Koffee With Karan and is focussed on doing well for the senior national team. Hardik along with KL Rahul, was suspended by the BCCI for the controversial comments on the popular chat show but the fast-bowling all-rounder has been impressive ever since he returned to the side in the lead up to World Cup 2019.Hardik Pandya has been rested from the squad for India’s tour of West Indies but the big-hitting star is likely to return during India’s home series agianst South Africa in September and October.”See, mistakes happen. We are all human at the end of the day. But Hardik’s strength is that he accepts his mistake and tries to rectify it. Some people try to ignore the reality, but not with him. He has learnt from his mistake and the way he returned to the field after it, not just in the IPL, but also for the Indian team bears testimony to the fact that he has put the mistake behind him and is focused on doing well for the country,” Krunal said.Krunal, who shone for India in T20Is, is not part of the squad for the ongoing ODI series. India are on the verge of winning the ODI series as well as they took a 1-0 unbeatable lead in the 3-match series with a dominant win over West Indies on Sunday. Virat Kohli’s men will begin their World Test Championships in a 2-Test series against West Indies from August 22.Also Read | No pressure on Kapil Dev-led panel to select next India coach: CoA member Also Read | Quinton de Kock to lead South Africa in T20Is vs IndiaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Krunal PandyaFollow Hardik PandyaFollow India tour of West Indies 2019Follow T20 World Cup 2020Follow India national cricket team No insecurity, we enjoy each other’s success: Krunal Pandya on HardikIndia tour of West Indies 2019: Krunal Pandya, who won the Man of the Series award for starring in India’s 3-0 win over West Indies in the recently-concluded T20I series, says he is working hard for sealing a berth at next year’s T20 World Cup.advertisementlast_img

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