Twitter trolls Krunal Pandya: Fans expressed anger on Twitter after Krunal Pandya failed to deliver against Australia yesterday.
During the first T20I of the ongoing Australia’s tour of India at Brisbane yesterday, India all-rounder Krunal Pandya was taken apart by the opposition batsman as he ended up conceding 55 runs in his quota of four overs.
Bowling figures of 4-0-55-0 are the second-worst bowling figures by an Indian spinner in T20Is. Talking of fast bowlers, it is the third-worst for an Indian.
Pandya was brought into the attack in the 10th over. In his first and second over, he gave away only eight and seven runs respectively.
Having said that, it was his third over when Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell took the attack on Pandya, hitting him for three consecutive sixes in the 14th over. Restricted to a mere five bowling options, India captain Virat Kohli had no option that to give Pandya another over.
With Marcus Stoinis and Maxwell hitting a six each off Pandya’s last over, he conceded another 17 runs to register match figures of 4-0-55-0.
Pandya’s off-day wasn’t just restricted to his bowling. With the bat in hand, he scored 2 (4) before getting out in the business end of the match. For someone who was brought into the playing eleven in place of a regular leg-spinner in Yuzvendra Chahal, Pandya was expected to fare much better.
Speaking during the pre-match show, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar had also opined regarding Chahal being picked ahead of Pandya. Veteran India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh also lashed out at the team management for playing Pandya ahead of Chahal.
“That [team combination] is something that they have to look at. Whenever Kuldeep [Yadav] and [Yuzvendra] Chahal have bowled together, they have taken wickets, put pressure on the opposition and they have been quite successful as a pair. That is where the Indian cricket team have to think about what is the combination going forward.
“We might not see Krunal Pandya batting at 6 and bowling his four overs. He is more of a bowler who bowls a few overs here and there but in Australia, you need someone else to bowl those four overs because he doesn’t spin the ball and bowls it really, really fast. I think we will get to see Chahal in the next game and it could be in place of Krunal,” Harbhajan was quoted as saying to India Today.
Harbhajan’s comments might just hold true tomorrow for playing your best five bowlers seems to be the way to go for India in a playing XI where batsmen do not bowl at all.
Read some of the other Twitter reactions on the same below:
India lost because the match was set but players threw away their wicket at crucial time and we lost it. Also I think Krunal Pandya doesn’t deserve place in this team as he has no batting technique and his bowling is ordinary. https://t.co/Dzdfbz09PY
— Saurav Sharma (@outta_nowhere25) November 21, 2018
Never understood why Krunal Pandya was chosen ahead of Chahal. Not a fucking clue.
— Rakshit Chopra (@rakshit_chopra) November 21, 2018
Its stupid to select players who have performed on flat wickets on Indian soil for a series to be played in Australia. Krunal Pandya doesn’t qualify to be in the squad at the first place.
— Rahul (@RahulSkelkar) November 21, 2018
23 balls fifty for Krunal Pandya
— JSK (@imjsk27) November 21, 2018
India paid the price for dropping Chahal.
Krunal Pandya bowled 4 overs for 55 runs & no wicket. India would have been chasing 20 runs less in all likelihood if Chahal was playing. Play Krunal as batsman if you want to, but not as replacement to Chahal.#AUSvsIND
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) November 21, 2018
Why is Kedar Jadhav and Ravi Jadeja not in the T20 Squad ?
Rather than having Krunal Pandya and rishabh pant #AUSvIND sunny Gavaskar is right , Pant needs to go and learn right now , his time will come . Give the gloves to DK will also hand him loads of confidence
— Anselm Gomes (@GomesAnselm) November 21, 2018
Chahal over Krunal Pandya any day.#INDvWI
— Abhishek Anand (@Iamabhianand) November 21, 2018
Krunal pandya at his worst… A valiant effort overall #AUSvIND
— Jay_sahu (@Jaysahu10146990) November 21, 2018
I hope this is farewell T20 match for our legend krunal pandya 😍
— Mohd Farhan (@MohdFar72665592) November 21, 2018
India are flirting with danger so close to the World Cup. Playing Krunal Pandya in place of @yuzi_chahal , Virat giving up No 3 to Rahul, not having potential World Cuppers Rayudu (No 4) and Kedar (No 6) in T20 in Aus will be prone to questions #AusvsInd
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) November 21, 2018
— Nimit (@nimit_007) November 21, 2018
— Gajender Singh (@gajender00) November 21, 2018
Thank You Krunal Pandya 🙏
— ashok ◢◤ (@happy_saintt) November 21, 2018
The problem with having only 5 bowling options was shown up today. Learning curve for Khaleel Ahmed and Krunal Pandya. Can’t be too harsh.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 21, 2018
Krunal pandya!!!!! Omg,Yuvaj Singh is 100 times better than this fellow.Dont know why @BCCI selects such people ignoring legends who are tested match winners! #krunalpandya #YuvrajSingh.If we want world cup there should be yuvi in team!! Wakeup!!
— Doctor Javed (@DoctorJaved3) November 22, 2018
have you lost your mind, KRUNAL PANDYA?
— Prajakta Bhawsar (@ViratsFangirl18) November 21, 2018
— Saumik Dey (@5th_ventricle) November 21, 2018
— Thala Dhoni Selva (@ThalaSe14172514) November 21, 2018
— Sohan Bhat (@sohanub19) November 21, 2018
— Aditii🎀 (@Sassy_Soul_) November 21, 2018
— Shekhar 💥 (@Shekhar_O7) November 21, 2018
When you have Chahal in the squad and you still play Krunal Pandya pic.twitter.com/xYCu91MrKy
— Secret SHAWnta (@Secret_Saanta) November 21, 2018
Meanwhile krunal pandya bowling to australian batsmen#AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/YpNXKK7N7r
— Ritesh Ramesh naik (@khaLnaikritesh) November 21, 2018
Krunal pandya with the ball and niw with the bat has completely screwed India in this game #indvaus
— Akki (@CrickPotato1) November 21, 2018
Krunal Pandya completed Fifty with ball 😍😍😍
Finished his spell with 55 runs in 4 overs 😂😂😂
— ZEE 🇵🇰 (@iBleedGreenZEE) November 21, 2018
Economy rate to Krunal Pandya pic.twitter.com/uvSkm6GU43
— Faking News (@fakingnews) November 21, 2018