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I Want To Be Like MS Dhoni: Krunal Pandya

| 3 months ago

While Hardik Pandeya will remain out of action for the rest of 2018 due to the back injury, his brother has received a call from the selectors for the upcoming T20 series against West Indies and Australia. After showing consistent run from the left-handed all-rounder in the IPLs, and domestic cricket, the 27-year-old might find himself in the eleven in the T-20 series against West Indies.

Mumbai Indian batsman Krunal Pandeya has been chosen keeping in the mind the next T-20 World Cup in 2020. His all-around ability might well come handy for India in the T-20 format as the left-handed has time and again proved that both with the bat and the ball in the IPL.       

"The team was announced at 10.30pm. Pankhuri (his wife) told me that I was selected for the T20s against West Indies. After that, when I logged on to Twitter, I saw my name in the Indian T20 team for Australia also. Hardik had gone to sleep by then, as he had to train in the morning. However, he came out after he got to know and was all excited." Krunal Pandeya told Times of India.

Krunal was also selected for T-20 series earlier in England; however, the Baroda captain wasn’t given a chance to feature in the eleven. Perhaps, even though he didn’t play any game in England but the time he spent with the team was certainly worth admiring for the elder Pandeya. The left-handed all-rounder was all praise for Mahendra Singh Dhoni and also went on to say that in future he wants to become just like him.

 "I was there for a very short time. I was with the India 'A' team there, before I was called up into the squad. I observed Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) closely during those six days. I told myself: 'I want to be like him.' The way he carries himself, his simplicity, grace, he's achieved so much, but is so down to earth," he said.