Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya become the first brothers-pair to play in the same Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise. The duo will be a part of the Mumbai Indians squad. Hardik has made a good name in the cricketing world and is someone who is expected to fill the space of a typical all-rounder in the Indian team while the elder Pandya - Krunal has to surely grab this decent opportunity for himself to show his talent after he was snapped for Rs 2 crore in the auctions. However, despite Mumbai betting big on him, Krunal has not played a single first-class cricket match. The 24-year-old has played in only 4 List A matches, scoring a total of 59 runs and picking up 5 scalps. In 15 T20 games, the Baroda cricketer has scored 167 and bagged 16 wickets.
“We have been scouting for talents last seven months. We were looking for the particular type of player for our squad and how we can utilize them. Krunal apart from being Hardik’s brother is a left arm spinner and batsman. Having Hardik added to the incentive,” Mumbai Indians’ co-owner Akash Ambani was quoted.
The Pandyas are not the first set of brothers to make it into the IPL. There were other Indian brothers-pair playing in the past seasons - Irfan and Yusuf pathan, that to from the same city Baroda have been playing in the competition since 2008, but the Pathans never played for the same team. From international teams there were Morkels and Husseys brothers, but they also did not compete for the same teams.
Hardik was delighted for his brother and said the duo was geared up for the IPL season.