Pandya Brothers: Keeping the checks and balances in place for Mumbai Indians
Mumbai: Brothers in cricket are not an unknown phenomenon. Chappells to the Waughs, and Pashtuns, brothers have always fascinated cricket fans all over the world.
The 2017 season of the Premier League of India has seen the emergence of another duel of brothers and sisters – and Krunal Hardik Pandya.
While Hardik is on the international circuit for some time now, the IPL Relazamos season turned out to be Krunal’s revolutionary campaign, which had joined the Mumbai Indians in 2015.
The first team has represented India in seven ODIs and 19 T20Is, and also surrendered the India A match in a first-class preparation match against Australia, before the Border-Gavaskar Trophy four trials early in the year.
Meanwhile, Krunal still needs a good break in the longest format of the game, having played a first class match against Baroda Gujarat last year.
With the increasing popularity of the Pandya brothers, comes the question, what makes them so successful for Mumbai Indians?
What makes them soar, especially in the T20 cricket is so special that both can do a little bit of everything – literally. Combining Krunal and Hardik gives Mumbai a lot of options as they are also good with stick and ball.
Hardik gives Mumbai whit this option in the middle of the strike lineup, which is suitable in limited cricket, especially the T20. To add to this, you can also use it as one of the best pitchers in any alignment.
Hardik consistency with line length, ability to read well the game, along with its threshing ability, which has improved by leaps and bounds since its approval in the international arena, in fact an asset to Rohit Sharma-lateral guidance.
The inclusion of a single off-road could give much balance to one side. However, the presence of the two that Mumbai Indians are very strong – especially when both draw on all cylinders. This is where Krunal the middle.
Considered initially as part of the second opponent, Krunal grew in stature as the tournament has progressed and quickly became a household name, just as his brother did a year. In a way, he even eclipsed his Hardik with his performance this season, having taken up more windows (10) and Hardik (6), while maintaining a very good rate of 6.82 economy.
Krunal also played a crucial role with the bat, scoring wins 37 blows (not out) and 45 (not out) against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the league stadium and Kolkata Knight Riders in the second title respectively.
However, Krunal probably played his best innings in the T20 cricket against rising supergiant Pune, in the final of the IPL 2017, where a slow advance Hyderabad played a significant role.
The 26-year-old came to fight when he was fighting at Mumbai 41 for three against 7.2 in off, and anchored the tickets to the end, to make sure his team has posted at least a total of 129 defensible for eight.
He may have decreased three innings half a century, but his 47 francs of 38 balls was one of the most important shots he played in his budding career so far. He not only scored the important races as necessary but also put price to his window, and remained in the fold until the last ball, which is exactly what Mumbai had to do.
It is not without reason that the former Indian priest, the current great teacher Sunrisers Hyderabad, VVS Laxman, believes Krunal is an expert on potential, even though he broke his younger brother a year later.