First, Krunal Pandya was hammered for 55 off his four overs in the first T20I in Brisbane, the most expensive returns by an Indian against Australia in T20Is.
Then, he bounced back with figures of 4 for 36 in the third T20I, the best bowling figures by an Indian against Australia in T20Is. The period in between those two games was tough for Krunal.
“Giving away 50-plus runs in Brisbane was very tough for me, the next 24 hours were tough. I had to convince myself again,” Krunal said. “It took me a while to back myself when you give away 55 runs plus playing at this level where you have hardly played any games.”
This is T20
“I was happy to overcome that because when you overcome such hurdles you are able to do well. They were two drastic results for me. As a bowler you have to understand this is the T20 format and it’s part and parcel of game. One day you will get hit and one day you will get wickets.”
Super show and a great comeback by team India 🇮🇳 tonight 💙 I’d like to thank my teammates, the staff, and all the fans for their support 💪 pic.twitter.com/xDIgyLaTVh
— Krunal Pandya (@krunalpandya24) November 25, 2018
“When you come back like this, it is very satisfying, you had such a bad day and then against the same opponent you do well, it gives satisfaction and happiness and a surety that you belong at this level. So the performance was very important because until you do it at this level you won’t get the confidence.”
Joking with Hardik Pandya…
“We don’t talk about cricket too much. We did talk, but he was laughing at me for conceding 50-plus runs. I also joke when he plays badly, so that is our thing.”
Partnering with Kuldeep Yadav?
“For me it becomes easier when your spin partner is bowling really well and you can share ideas. Every game he gave me some tips about how I can bowl according to the situation and it helps when someone is putting lot of pressure on the other end. So when you bowl you get a chance to take wickets, so a lot of credit goes to Kuldeep for creating pressure and it helped me to get those wickets.”