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T20Is conquered, time to break into ODI side: Krunal

New Delhi: A Man of the Series performance in the just concluded T20I series against West Indies notwithstanding, Krunal Pandya isn't willing to rest on his laurels. It is this very quality that has seen him make a steady progress on the cricket field. From being an integral part of the Mumbai Indian outfit in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Krunal is now an important cog in India's T20 outfit. But the focus for the all-rounder is to take the next step and break into the Indian ODI side.

Krunal said that he never wanted to be known as a one-format wonder and after the recent success in the shortest format of the game, he wants to break into the Indian team in the ODI format.

"The Windies series was a big confidence booster. It was the first series of the season and to do well against some quality players always helps. This is just the beginning and I will look to carry this forward into the next series.

"Looking to stay true to my goal and play across formats. That is an area of focus and I have played one-days for India 'A' in the last two years and the experience has given me confidence that I can rise to the challenge.

"Working closely with Rahul Dravid and Paras Mhambrey has helped. While Paras bhai has helped me with fine-tuning my bowling skills, just speaking to Rahul bhai makes you a more knowledgeable cricketer. It is such an experience to pick on his cricketing brain. I have tried discussing how to react to a situation and that helps. I want to play for India in all the formats and do well," he smiled.

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