Krunal Pandya of Mumbai Indians has lost his place in India’s T20 team due to Ravindra Jadeja but he hopes that the performance for Mumbai in the IPL can get him back in the team is. So far Krunal has taken five wickets in eight matches. However, he has not got much opportunity in batting.
Krunal said in the video conference, "I like challenges. I like to face new things. This gives you a chance to know your strong and weak sides. I like to take responsibility."
They said, "I have been playing this role for Mumbai – if there are less balls left, then batting and taking wickets. I am doing the same this year. I am happy with the way I have bowled and bowled so far. Our top order has batted well, so I get to bat very rarely, but wherever I have batted, I have made an impact with the bat, and with the ball. As a player I like difficult situations."
Krunal sees himself as the kind of player who makes an impact and is happy to perform match-winning even if he is small.
They said, "It does not matter how many runs I have scored and how many wickets I have taken. What matters is the effect. Many times in the short format, when the opposition team needs 15 runs and throws an over for six runs, then that over is very important. It is like four wickets – three wickets."
Krunal said that the work he, his brother Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard do is difficult. All three come to bat when there are fewer balls left. He says that if this helps the team, then they are not bothered by it.
They said, "It’s not an easy place to bat, you don’t play much ball. But we have been doing this for the last few seasons. We know each other well and discuss many times. It has worked for us."