One of the top Indian all-rounders in the Indian Premier League right now, Krunal Pandya has not been able to perform well in the ongoing 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League. The left-handed batter has aggregated 116 runs in nine innings, with his highest score being 39. Krunal’s batting average in the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League has been below 15 after nine matches.
Talking about his performance in the bowling unit, the Mumbai Indians star has scalped three wickets, with his best figures being 1/13. Krunal’s bowling average is 60, while his bowling strike rate is 44. Last year, the left-arm spin bowler had an economy rate of 7.57 runs per over. However, it has gone up to 8.18 runs per over this season.
When was the last time Krunal Pandya won the Man of the Match award in an IPL match?
Krunal Pandya made his Indian Premier League debut in the year 2016. He has won the IPL title with the Mumbai Indians in 2017, 2019 and 2020. Many fans would remember that Pandya was the Player of the Match in the final match of the 2017 edition of the Indian Premier League. He played a match-winning knock against Rising Pune Supergiant.
Before that game, Krunal had won the Player of the Match three times. Twice during the 2016 match and one in a match against the Gujarat Lions at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in 2017. Since a mega-auction followed the 2017 edition of the Indian Premier League, the Mumbai Indians decided to release Krunal Pandya from their squad.
Royal Challengers Bangalore almost signed him at IPL 2018 Auction before Mumbai Indians used the Right To Match Card
Not fans would know the fact that the Royal Challengers Bangalore made a bid worth INR 8.8 crore to secure the services of Krunal Pandya at the IPL 2018 Mega Auction. However, the Mumbai Indians did not allow RCB to sign the Baroda-based all-rounder.
The Mumbai Indians used their Right To Match card and bought Pandya back for 8.8 crore. However, since then, he has played 55 matches for the team but has not won the Player of the Match award in any game. A Twitter user pointed out this fact yesterday.
Lord Krunal Pandya
Before this Auction
4 M.O.M Awards in 25 matches
After this Auction
0 M.O.M Awards in 55 matches* pic.twitter.com/5zaJQF0nTA
— S H E B A S (@Shebas_10) September 23, 2021