All-rounder Krunal Pandya has been selected in the T20 squad for the upcoming tour of West Indies, as a reward for his performance in both the recent edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and in India A tour of West Indies A.
The left-handed all-rounder, who made his debut for the Men in Blue in 2018, said that he took inspiration from the team skipper Virat Kohli and former skipper MS Dhoni to improvise his game. Addressing an interview, Pandya expressed that he was looking forward to the tour of West Indies.
" I take inspiration from skipper Kohli, the way he comes out to bat and scores consistent runs for the team from zero. I learn how to be consistent and thrive for the hunger to score more runs. As for Mahi, he is the best finisher of the game for both India and in World cricket, in my opinion, and he has done it for the Men in Blue for so long. I would like to learn the playing techniques, patience and playing according to the situation from both Dhoni and Kohli", he said.
The all-rounder also spoke about how the IPL had geared him up for his performance in the national side. He said that the IPL exerts a lot of pressure on the players to perform and that eventually when they lift the cup for their respective team, it was a feeling of deep satisfaction.
"IPL was a turning point for me as I got to represent the Mumbai Indians as I got to showcase my ability. The amount of pressure you are in in the IPL is different and the satisfaction that you get from winning the trophy rewards the efforts made for the two months", he said.
Krunal Pandya has been a part of the India A team that successfully sealed a 4-1 series victory over the West Indies A side in the Caribbean islands. The all-rounder said that being a part of the India A team exposes the younger side of the team to the international side and helps to gain experience before going on to join the senior team.
"Being a part of India A is very helpful as it gives me the experience of playing against different sides. We have played against England, New Zealand and Australia and it has definitely helped me read the conditions better and improve my game. So yes, I am looking forward to the West Indies tour with the senior team", he said.