In the Asia Cup 2018, India vs Pakistan match, Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya got injured and is carried on the stretcher off the field. He is striving to restore his full fitness. As Hardik Pandya is on road to recovery, his brother Krunal Pandya has been named in the T20I squad for both Windies and Australia series.
Though Krunal Pandya has been picked in the Indian squad for the shortest formats earlier but now as Hardik is suffering from injury and is not recovered completely provided a chance to his brother to feature in the playing XI.
On Twitter, Hardik Pandya tweeted and congratulated his brother on being picked in the
national team. His tweet read as, “Congratulations on making it to the Indian team bro! Proud of you and love you, @krunalpandya24!”.
Krunal Pandya will act as the direct replacement of his brother Hardik Pandya in the team as Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will remain the initial spin-bowling options in the team.
Krunal Pandya made his first-class debut in the year 2016, playing for Baroda during the Ranji Trophy tournament 2016–17. In the same year, he became the leading run-getter and leading wicket-taker for Baroda.
In IPL auction 2016, Mumbai Indians purchased him for ₹2 crore. He made his IPL debut playing against Gujarat Lions at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. His performance was good in his IPL debut. Again in January 2018, he was bought by the Mumbai Indians in the IPL auction. He had featured in 39 Indian Premier League matches so far.
Now his international career began as he was named in India’s Twenty20 International squads for their tours against the West Indies and Australia. Krunal is yet to earn a debut T20I cap for the Indian team.
In India vs Windies T20Is, he will be playing under the team captained by Rohit Sharma while in India vs Australia T20Is, the team will be lead by Captain Virat Kohli.