The 25-year-old Baroda all-rounder Krunal Pandya had a shoulder injury, which forced him to miss entire Ranji season 2015-2016 but this injury didn't deter this spirit and he put up an all-round performance in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
The all-rounder finished the Vijay Hazare tournament as the highest run-getter for Baroda as he collected 366 runs in the eight matches at an average of 45.75 as well bagged 11 wickets. His superb performance with the bat as well ball help his team to reach the semi-finals as Krunal hit three half centuries with his highest score being 78 runs.
With the help of his all-round performance in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, Krunal has been successfully finding his place in India Blue team for the Deodhar Trophy.
The left-hander told TOI, “It was quite a satisfactory performance as I had come out of a long injury. In fact, I just did three or four net sessions before the tournament. I am glad that I could contribute to my team's wins and play according to situations.”
Krunal also said that he was disappointed with the shoulder injury as he had missed the entire Ranji season in 2015-16 despite having excellent performance in the IPL 2016.
He further added, “I was disappointed with the injury as I had done well in the IPL last year and was raring to go this Ranji season. A good performance might have helped me get in the Indian team but I am the kind of person who takes things positively even when the chips are down. I never give up.”
“And it happened again this season. During the treatment, I had to walk with support initially for 21 days and then I spent nearly three-and-half months in rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy. It was tough but Rajnikanth, who is a trainer there, and my coach Jitendra Singh motivated me a lot.”
Pandya concluded, “The runs I scored and wickets I bagged in Vijay Hazare Trophy have given me a lot of confidence for the upcoming Deodhar Trophy. And playing for India is always a dream.”