Krunal Pandya has performed really well in the T20I series against West Indies. However, he is expected an ODI call up soon. However, he is expected to play in the T20 World Cup as well.
“The Windies series was a big confidence booster. It was the first series of the season and to do well against some quality players always helps. This is just the beginning and I will look to carry this forward into the next series. Looking to stay true to my goal and play across formats. That is an area of focus and I have played one-days for India ‘A’ in the last two years and the experience has given me confidence that I can rise to the challenge,” he said.
“Working closely with Rahul Dravid and Paras Mhambrey has helped. While Paras bhai has helped me with fine-tuning my bowling skills, just speaking to Rahul bhai makes you a more knowledgeable cricketer. It is such an experience to pick his cricketing brain. I have tried discussing how to react to a situation and that helps. I want to play for India in all the formats and do well,” he added.
“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. 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,” he expressed.
However, Hardik Pandya’s success didn’t bother him at all.
“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,” he said.
“They are both very successful captains and they are all about standing by the teammates. They are both brilliant leaders and be it Mumbai Indians or Team India, I always look to give it my 100 per cent. Have not really found much difference as they both go out to win,” he told.
“He is considered a bowling all-rounder, but Krunal loves his time with bat in hand. “I do look to spend equal time with bat and ball. I feel that I should be able to contribute across all departments and if I am able to do that, it helps the team at the end of the day,” he shared.
“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,” he concluded.