Krunal Pandya, who helped Mumbai Indians win their third IPL crown, admitted that performing in his second consecutive IPL season wasn't going to be easy as he was no longer an unknown commodity. He also said that despite the bat dominating, bowlers are getting smarter in the competitive T20 league.
The Baroda all-rounder chipped in with a 38-ball 47 to give his side a fighting chance after the top-order failed in the final.
"Performing well in the second Indian Premier League (IPL) season is always tough for players as the opponents have already read you and they come hard at you. I am very satisfied with my performance and this was the best season for me,"
"I was out of action for a long time due to injury but I had a good outing for Baroda in Vijay Hazare Trophy this season. So I was confident of performing well in IPL," added
Krunal, who picked 10 wickets and scored 243 runs this IPL, felt that the bowlers are getting smarter despite the format being batsman-friendly.
"The wickets were a bit slow during IPL this time but bowlers too have developed skills to bowl effectively in T20s. After all, it is the bowlers who help teams win matches,"
On being the first sibling to play on the same team in an IPL final,
Krunal was elated that Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan tweeted a photo of him with the Pandya brothers.
"It was a dream come true when Amitabh Bachchan praised our performance. Sachin Tendulkar too appreciated my on-field attitude and shared his experiences with me. And I also managed to meet Shah Rukh Khan. These were the best two months of my life," said
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