Mumbai Indians (MI) batting coach Robin Singh was delighted to see Krunal Pandya “back in the thick of things” after the all-rounder’s crucial spell proved to be a match-decider against the Delhi Capitals (DC) in the 27th match of the ongoing IPL 2020 in Abu Dhabi.
The defending champions have continued its winning streak in the ongoing IPL 2020 as the MI yet again clinched a thrilling five-wicket win over DC on Sunday (October 12) and Robin feels Pandya’s spell played a major role in the victory in Abu Dhabi.
Krunal has finished with figures of 2-26 dismissing the Capitals’ opener Prithvi Shaw and Ajinkya Rahane and the batting coach said that the all-rounder got crucial wickets at the right time – which made the difference in the game on Sunday. He also contributed 12* runs to MI’s successful chase of 163 runs.
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Robin said in a video posted on MI’s Twitter: “Chasing is not that easy on these surfaces. We did an excellent job to chase down the score. It was a well-planned chase. The bowlers did a really good job, especially Krunal. I think his spell probably was the difference in the game. He got crucial wickets at the right time. It’s nice to see him back in the thick of things.”
The batting coach also lauded Quinton de Kock (53) and Suryakumar Yadav (53) for their brilliant batting display when the defending champions needed the most against the DC.
He signed off by saying, “Also, a very important knock by Quinton de Kock. Especially in the powerplay, we needed someone to bat. For some time and he went to get a big score. I think one of the most important characters in the chase was probably Surya.”
Noteworthy, Mumbai Indians will next face Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Friday (October 16) in the ongoing IPL 13 in Abu Dhabi.
(With ANI Inputs)