Krunal Pandya wanted to bowl to Kieron Pollard and got him out: Rohit Sharma

first_imgKrunal Pandya showcased his all-round capabilities on Sunday to help India beat West Indies by 5 wickets in the first T20 international in Kolkata.Krunal picked up the crucial wicket of Kieron Pollard and made 21 not out off 9 balls with the bat to take India over the finish line in a tricky match at the Eden Gardens.The performance also helped Krunal equal his younger brother’s record of bowling a wicket-maiden in his second over on debut.India vs West Indies 1st T20I: Report | Highlights | GalleryCaptain Rohit Sharma, who handed Krunal his T20I cap before the start of the match, was all praise for his Mumbai Indians and now India teammate after the game and even revealed how Krunal urged him to bring him into the attack when Pollard was batting.Also Read – Krunal Pandya, Khaleel Ahmed make T20I debuts in Kolkata”Krunal, I’ve seen him closely playing for Mumbai Indians. He likes the situation where the team expects him to perform.”He was the one who asked me ‘I want to bowl to Pollard, and got him out.’ When you see guys accept challenges and bail the team out, it’s exciting as captain or as a team management,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony.Also Read – Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer in comical run outKrunal and Pollard play for MI in the Indian Premier League which is why his experience came in handy for Rohit at a stage when the West Indian could have taken the game away from the hosts.advertisementCelebrations galore for @krunalpandya24 as he gets his first international wicket #INDvWI (@BCCI) November 4, 2018Pollard’s dismissal for 14 added to Windies’ woes as they were restricted to 109 for 8 after being put into bat.India vs West Indies 1st T20I in Kolkata: As it happenedIndia then rode on a composed 31 not from Dinesh Karthik and Krunal’s quickfire knock to chase down the target with 13 balls to spare.Earlier, it was Kuldeep Yadav who starred with the ball for India by picking up 3 wickets while Krunal and fellow debutant Khaleel Ahmed got one each along with Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah.Khaleel also managed to impress in his first T20 international after a string of good performances in the recent ODI series against the Windies in which he picked up 7 wickets in four games and was the second highest wicket-taker in the five-match series behind Kuldeep (9 wickets).”It was an exceptional performance with the ball. There was quite a bit for the seamers upfront. Even for the spinners, if they put in the revs, it was spinning. There was a little bit in every department.”We used the conditions well, were in trouble chasing. We knew it won’t be easy given the seamers they have, but there’s some learning for us there, what we should do as a batting unit when conditions are in our favour,” Rohit added.The next match between India and West Indies will be played in Lucknow on November 6 (Tuesday).last_img