July 20, 2018
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Hardik Pandya accepts Rashid’s challenge like a boss

By Abhishek Shankar

The Indian selectors picked left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya for the A team’s tour to England for the T20 Series.

He has been watched out for a while now, and another good Indian Premier League season with the Mumbai Indians elevated his chances further. The factor that helped Pandya stake a claim even for a spot in the Indian T20I team was his ability to bat in the lower order and hit a few great shots. Just like his younger brother Hardik, Krunal is also a powerful batter and being a batsman it is easier for him to presume the course of attack while bowling.


Pandya in the List A matches against England Lions bowled out of his regular bowling thus confusing the batsman. He ran in with his regular short run-up against the right-handed batter. He had a slip in place to make sure an edge found a man waiting for it. But as the left-arm spinner pitched the ball it was something different from his usual bowling style. He, as a matter of fact, didn’t even bowl it short, it was a well-directed bouncer that jumped from the surface and was aimed at the batsman’s ribs.

It was at an awkward height, totally deceived.T he only thing the batsman could do was defend it at the last moment. He couldn’t get his bat up in time and the ball most probably hit his gloves and had Krunal placed a fielder around the bat, on the on-side would’ve been a catch.


The batsman looked back at him trying to determine what had he bowled and the 27-year-old didn’t say anything, just walked back to his bowling mark. He later posted the video on Twitter and added a very funny caption to it. He stated that he didn’t want just the faster bowlers to have all the fun bowling the bouncer and thus decided to try it out himself.

Abhishek Shankar

A writer by day and a reader by night. Chiller and life juggler