Krunal Pandya became the third most expensive Indian bowler in a Twenty20 International when he conceded 55 runs without picking a wicket in the first T20 against Australia in Brisbane last week.
However, Krunal produced a better performance in the second T20 before his match-winning show in the third T20 that helped India level the series against Australia.
Krunal set a new record in the third and final match against Australia on Sunday as he registered the best bowling figures by an Indian in the format on Australian soil.
Pandya picked up a four-wicket haul and gave away just 36 runs from his four overs to help India restrict Australia to 164 for 6. India then chased down the target with 6 wickets in hand.
His younger brother Hardik, who is recovering from a back injury, was not picked in the side for T20Is and the Test series Down Under.
In Hardik’s absence, Krunal is making the most of the opportunities in the national side.
It’s a known fact that the two share a great chemistry and also never miss a chance whenever there’s an opportunity for a banter.
“Hardik I don’t talk about cricket too much. We did talk, but he was laughing at me for conceding 50-plus runs (in Brisbane). I also joke when he plays badly, so that’s our thing,” Krunal wrote on his Instagram account.
Krunal made his India debut during the T20 series against the Windies at home earlier this month.
Krunal and Hardik became the first pair of brothers since Irfan and Yusuf Pathan to represent India in T20Is.
He matched a unique record set by Hardik. Krunal bowled a wicket-maiden in his second over and that is exactly what Hardik did against Australia on his T20I debut in Adelaide back in 2016.
The 27-year-old returned figures of 1/15 from his four overs and scored 21 off 9 balls in a tricky chase to guide India home in the first T20I against the Windies.
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