Krunal Pandya is an Indian cricketer, born on 24th March 1991 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The left-handed batsman bowls slow left-arm orthodox.
The all-rounder, famous for his destructive batting and wicket-taking ability in the shorter formats of the game, is yet to don the Indian senior team jersey.
Discovering potential in 6-year-old Krunal Pandya, his father shifted from Surat to Vadodara to equip him with the better cricket facilities in 1997-98. Pandya was enrolled in Kiran More’s Cricket Academy.
But the problem arose when his father developed few health complications. Under immense financial stress, Pandya used to play local tournaments in the surrounding villages and obtained around Rs. 500 for each match. Gradually, he rose through the ranks of various age-level crickets.
Krunal made a lean domestic T20 debut for Baroda in the Group B encounter against Bengal in Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy in March 2013, scoring 12 runs off 11 deliveries and spending 15 runs in 2 overs.
He kick-started List A career with a brisk 28 off 20 balls against Gujarat in the West Zone match of Vijay Hazare Trophy in November 2014.
After a wait of two years, Pandya achieved a fruitful first-class debut in a Group A encounter against Gujarat in Ranji Trophy in October 2016. He scored 23 runs and picked up two wickets in 17 overs.
In his debut for India ‘A’, Krunal scored a duck and remained wicket-less against South Africa ‘A’ in a Tri-nations ODI tournament in Pretoria in July 2017. He came back strongly in the third match smashing 48 runs off just 27 deliveries and bowling economically against Afghanistan.
Rise to Glory
Pandya’s all-round performance helped Baroda to reach the semi-final of Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17.
He amassed 366 runs in 8 matches at 45.75 and scalped 11 wickets at 25.09. His 70 and 3 for 32 rallied Baroda to defeat a strong Karnataka side.
In the 2017 IPL, Krunal smashed 243 runs at 34.71 at a whopping strike rate of 135.75 and bagged 10 wickets registering an economy rate of 6.83.
Pandya’s 47 off 38 deliveries made a huge impact on their 1-run win over Rising Pune Supergiant’s in the final and he was adjudged ‘Man of the Match’.
Playing his debut match, he was ruled for the entire Ranji season in 2016-17 suffering a quadriceps muscle injury. Earlier in 2015, he also suffered a shoulder injury.
Krunal plays domestic cricket for Baroda. In 2016, he was picked up by Mumbai Indians at 2.2 crores and played two seasons with them. Mumbai Indians again snubbed Krunal in the 2018 IPL auction at a whopping price of 8.8 crores making him the most expensive uncapped player in the IPL history.