Krunal has been impressive, says Rohit
His own knock was crucial in Mumbai Indians chasing down a stiff 171-run target but skipper Rohit Sharma chose to credit all-rounder Krunal Pandya for the IPL win over Royal Challengers Bangalore, saying that the youngster is proving to be a game-changer in every match.
Mumbai defeated Bangalore by six wickets last night with Krunal, who is the brother of India player Hardik Pandya, grabbing 2/27 in his four overs.
“He (Krunal) has been impressive. Even in the first game he played here against Gujarat Lions, he did not get wickets but bowled four overs for just 20 runs and, then he did it with the bat in Hyderabad, scored 49 off just 25-26 balls and again on Thursday getting those two big important wickets in the middle (A B de Villiers and Virat Kohli) was very crucial from the team’s perspective,” Rohit said in the post-match press conference.
“I think he has got something about him, he knows his bowling really well and he understands the conditions really well, so it makes my job easier as a captain he sets his own field which is I think very crucial. It shows that you have got lot of confidence into your bowling,” he added.
RCB seemed set for a big score when Kohli (33) and AB de Villiers (29) were marching ahead but Krunal picked up both of them in a single over and halted the momentum.
Rohit also stressed on the importance of having the right team combination and said the team’s theory of playing two overseas seamers has been helpful. “That theory (playing two overseas seamers) has worked for us over the years,” he said.