Kieron Pollard hasn’t been bowling a lot of late. Hardik Pandya is but to bowl through the ongoing version of the Indian Premier League due to his again damage administration. Pandya Sr., Krunal, was thus anticipated to carry the mantle of being the lead all-rounder for Mumbai Indians.
With an on-song batting line-up, Krunal has been largely playing as a containing spinner. And he has performed his role to near-perfection as Mumbai Indians has begun defending its crown with aplomb.
Numbers neither replicate his contribution to MI’s successful run nor to his probabilities of regaining his place in India’s T20 squad.
But Krunal isn’t actually anxious about it.
“I also want to come back into the Indian team. If you see the games I have played for India, I have done well in terms of the bowling I did. I got Man of the Match awards. Overall I was happy with the journey with the Indian team. I am looking forward to making a comeback,” Krunal mentioned on Saturday, forward of Mumbai Indians’ weekend conflict versus Kings XI Punjab.
In his 26 overs of left-arm spin in eight matches, Krunal has picked up 5 wickets at a decent financial system price of seven.80. As for batting, he has been in a position to face simply 34 balls, scoring 48 runs, with the four-ball 20 not out towards Sunrisers being the spotlight.
“At the end of the day, I have never thought about it as an individual. I have always believed in keeping the team first, be it for India, Mumbai Indians or Baroda.
“Sometimes, if the required run-rate is 15 and you bowl a 6-run over, that is as good as a four-wicket haul. That 4-ball 20 against SRH created an impact and brought the momentum back for us. I never think about those big runs or picking wickets. It is about what is important for the team.”