Krunal Pandya was one of the stars of Mumbai Indians’ title win in the 2017 edition of the Indian Premier League.(BCCI)
Krunal Pandya was one of the stars of Mumbai Indians’ title win in the 2017 edition of the Indian Premier League.(BCCI)

Was confident I would go to Mumbai Indians in IPL auction: Krunal Pandya

In an interview to Hindustan Times, Mumbai Indians’ Krunal Pandya reveals his thoughts on the IPL auction, his Rs. 8.8 crore price tag and his brother Hardik Pandya
By Bihan Sengupta | Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2018 04:41 PM IST

Mumbai Indians broke the bank on Saturday to bring back Krunal Pandya in their squad, using a Right to Match card to seal the deal after a bidding war among franchises saw the all-rounder emerge as the highest-paid uncapped player at 8.8 crore, thus coughing up 22 times his base price. (IPL 2018: FULL PLAYER LIST & SALARIES)

A consistent performer last season with 243 runs and 10 wickets under his belt, Krunal’s contribution was a significant factor for Mumbai Indians to emerge champions last year. In a candid chat with Hindustan Times a day after the auction, the 26-year-old bared his thoughts on the price tag, his future and on his brother Hardik Pandya.

Excerpts:

Did you ever think that you would fetch that price in the auction?

Honestly I was expecting it because the way I’ve performed in the last two seasons, I was expecting somewhat this amount. But I’m even happier to be a part of Mumbai Indians again. And also, playing with Hardik would be one more thing.

Were you half-confident that an RTM might just be reserved for you?

To be honest, it wasn’t half. I was fully confident that I would go to Mumbai Indians and they’ll use the Right to Match card for me.

MI won the IPL last year and the Pandya brothers played a key role. Your thoughts?

Me and Hardik have played together so that’s an added advantage for the team and for us as well. We have been playing together since childhood so we know each other’s game as well. At the same time we mostly bat between positions 4 and 6 and I know (Kieron) Pollard very well. So it’s good if the three of us are playing together.

Speaking of Hardik, he’s already being compared to the legendary Kapil Dev by a few…

I guess that’s something we both (me and Hardik) know that these comparison things and all will come if he performs in future for the Indian team. But if you focus too much on comparisons, you won’t be able to concentrate on your game or cricket.

His recent performances in SA, however, have been sort of a let-down. Did you speak to him?

If you see his first Test match he did well with both the bat and the ball. He got run out and he realized it was his mistake. The positive side is that he scored runs when India needed. He didn’t get that many overs but whatever he got he bowled well. I know he got out due to his mistakes, but there was nothing wrong with his technique, he wasn’t looking out of his zone. So the only thing that he needs to improve is his shot selection. He has the technique to play overseas and I feel he’ll only improve.

Did you tell him anything?

You have to tell things to a player when he’s down or not ready to accept something. But right now he knows if he’s doing wrong and is accepting that, which is important.

Did the two of you speak yesterday?

He called me after the game and was very happy with what had happened to both of us. He was really happy because we would both be playing for Mumbai Indians.

Despite all of this, you haven’t played for India yet. Does that bother you a bit?

It doesn’t bother me but to be honest, when I first started playing cricket I wanted to represent the country. That is the ultimate goal for me but again, I don’t want to be a player who plays for just one or two games. Thus, even if it comes a bit late in my career, I don’t mind since the later it comes, the more mature cricketer I might be! I know that the dream will come very soon.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
Live
Australia's Pat Cummins celebrates.
Australia's Pat Cummins celebrates.

4th Test, Day 2 Live Score: India lose first wicket, Shubman departs

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 09:17 AM IST
IND vs AUS 4th Test Live Score, Day 2 Latest Updates: India have lost their first wicket in their first innings. India dismissed Australia for a score of 369. Follow live score and updates of India vs Australia 4th Test Day 2.
Tim Paine and Greg Chappell.
Tim Paine and Greg Chappell.

'Abuse is cheap, shows weakness': Chappell writes open letter to Paine

By hindustantimes.com
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 08:16 AM IST
India vs Australia: Writing an open letter in Sydney Morning Herald to Paine, Chappell said that he believes abuses are cheap and shows a weakness of character.
Close
File image of Adam Gilchrist.(Getty Images)
File image of Adam Gilchrist.(Getty Images)

'India need to work out why there were so many injuries': Gilchrist

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 08:59 AM IST
India vs Australia: Gilchrist stated the visitors need to find out the reason behind the spate of injuries that have plagued them during the series Down Under.
Close
Brisbane: India's Washington Sundar, left, is congratulated by teammate Rishabh Pant.(AP)
Brisbane: India's Washington Sundar, left, is congratulated by teammate Rishabh Pant.(AP)

India vs Australia: Washington Sundar's ripper cleans up Cameron Green - WATCH

By hindustantimes.com
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 07:21 AM IST
India vs Australia: Starting the play, Aussie captain Tim Paine and Cameron Green took Australia past the 300-run mark from the overnight score of 274/5. Paine went on to register his 9th Test fifty.
Close
Police remove a group of spectators from their seats after Mohammed Siraj of India complained to umpires of being racially abused during day four of the third test match between Australia and India at the SCG, Sydney.(via REUTERS)
Police remove a group of spectators from their seats after Mohammed Siraj of India complained to umpires of being racially abused during day four of the third test match between Australia and India at the SCG, Sydney.(via REUTERS)

Indian-origin fan reports racial profiling by security guard at SCG

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 06:58 AM IST
India vs Australia: As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, a fan, identified as Krishna Kumar, has accused the security at the venue of racial profiling and unjustified frisking.
Close
Sri Lanka medium pacer Isuru Udana.(twitter)
Sri Lanka medium pacer Isuru Udana.(twitter)

Udana picks best white-ball batsman, bowler and all-rounder; 2 Indians feature

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 06:42 AM IST
The Sri Lanka left-armer picked India captain Virat Kohli, who also leads him in the IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore as the best white-ball batsman right now.
Close
Arjun Tendulkar(Twitter)
Arjun Tendulkar(Twitter)

Arjun Tendulkar gets maiden wicket on Mumbai debut, video goes viral

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 08:28 PM IST
Arjun Tendulkar got the wicket of Haryana opener CK Bishnoi in the first delivery of his second over when the left-hander nicked one to keeper Aditya Tare in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match.
Close
Kuldeep Yadav bowling in the nets. (Getty Images)
Kuldeep Yadav bowling in the nets. (Getty Images)

'Not good selection,' Former India quick not impressed with Kuldeep's omission

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 01:35 PM IST
  • India vs Australia: India made four changes to their Playing XI but the one name that went missing from the team sheet was that of chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav.
Close
India's Washington Sundar reacts after bowling on day one of the fourth cricket Test match between Australia and India at the Gabba in Brisbane(AFP)
India's Washington Sundar reacts after bowling on day one of the fourth cricket Test match between Australia and India at the Gabba in Brisbane(AFP)

‘Seems like Ashwin gave Sundar guru-mantra on how to dismiss Smith’

By hindustantimes.com
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 09:32 PM IST
Impressed with his stellar bowling show on debut, former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan suggested that Sundar might have received tips from Ashwin before going into the game at The Gabba
Close
Sunil Gavaskar(Twitter)
Sunil Gavaskar(Twitter)

'It has been happening since 1932': Gavaskar highlights problem of India bowlers

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 02:38 PM IST
Sunil Gavaskar praised the India bowling unit which was without their first-XI players but was critical for letting the advantage slip away. Gavaskar said not being able to take the final five wickets quickly has been a problem for India since 1932.
Close
Marnus Labuschagne of Australia celebrates scoring a century during day one of the fourth test match between Australia and India at the Gabba in Brisbane, (REUTERS)
Marnus Labuschagne of Australia celebrates scoring a century during day one of the fourth test match between Australia and India at the Gabba in Brisbane, (REUTERS)

Brisbane Test: Labuschagne ton takes Australia to 274 for 5 at stumps on Day 1

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 01:22 PM IST
India vs Australia: Labuschagne's 204-ball knock had nine boundaries. He was dropped on 37 by Ajinkya Rahane off the bowling of Navdeep Saini.
Close
India's Hanuma Vihari plays a shot on the 5th day of the third test match between Australia and India, at Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday(HT Photo)
India's Hanuma Vihari plays a shot on the 5th day of the third test match between Australia and India, at Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday(HT Photo)

BCCI wishes Hanuma Vihari a 'speedy recovery' as he heads back home

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 07:12 PM IST
Indian batsman Hanuma Vihari was ruled out of the final Test against Australia after suffering a hamstring injury at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Close
India's Washington Sundar, left, is congratulated by teammate Rishabh Pant following play on the first day of the fourth cricket test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (AP)
India's Washington Sundar, left, is congratulated by teammate Rishabh Pant following play on the first day of the fourth cricket test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (AP)

'Glad it worked': Sundar reveals how he got Steve Smith out with a 'plan'

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 07:23 PM IST
Handed his Test debut after an injury to India's premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, Washington Sundar, who was with the Indian Test side as a net-bowler, grabbed the opportunity with both hands by giving an Indian important breakthrough of Steve Smith
Close
Photo of Indian left-arm pacer T Natarajan(Twitter)
Photo of Indian left-arm pacer T Natarajan(Twitter)

Natarajan sets unique record after making his Test debut in Brisbane

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 05:26 PM IST
Natarajan was one of the rookies who was named in India’s playing XI for the final Test against Australia in Brisbane
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP