On Sunday, Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya has scored 91-runs off 34 balls against KKR (Kolkata Knight Riders). Despite Mr. Pandya’s whirlwind knock, Mumbai Indians delayed in the run-chase, lost the match by 34-runs at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. However, his knock gave Mumbai Indians an outside chance until he was eliminated by Harry Gurney. During the post-match presentation ceremony, Mr. Pandya claims that it was difficult for him alone to keep going after bowlers of KKR. He also went through cramps but somehow managed to score the boundaries at will (9 sixes and 6 fours). Despite the loss, Mumbai Indians still remain in the search for playoffs (7 wins and 5 losses).
“I am just holding my shape pretty well and the confidence makes a huge difference. I knew something had to happen, but it was difficult for one guy to keep going. If Krunal had got a couple, we would have been proper in the game. My plan was to get close to the total so that the run rate doesn’t get affected,” added Hardik Panday.
Its for the first time that the Mumbai Indians all-rounder had entered the 90s in IPL and was close to reach the three-figure mark.
He continued that “the situation demanded to go all out and I was lucky enough everything was coming out, except the ball I got out. To be honest, with this kind of total you don’t think much, just go out there and express yourself. I knew (Keiron) Pollard was there, I couldn’t take time and I just wanted to enjoy the game.”
25-year-old Hardik Panday said that it would have been much closer, if he had his brother Krunal, beside him a little longer during the chase as then they could have taken the game much deeper.
“I was just telling Krunal ‘damn I am close to a hundred’ that is something new for me,” added Mr. Panday.