IPL 2016: Pandya brothers draw inspiration from Pathan brothers

first_imgFrom Vijay Hazare to Munaf Patel, quite a few cricketers who started their careers from Baroda, the city in the western Indian state of Gujarat, made it big at the international level. However, two men from the same family in Baroda – Irfan and Yusuf Pathan –  took the world by storm with their all-round abilities.The younger Irfan was a left-arm pacer who also had the ability to score quick runs. He was touted to be the next Kapil Dev. The way he preyed on Salman Butt, Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf in three successive deliveries in the Karachi Test of 2006 was testimony to his talent.On the other hand, his elder brother Yusuf did not think twice before flashing his blades against the best in the business. Not many have made their debut in the final of a World T20. Even if they had, not many had the guts to smash a steaming pacer out of the park. Yusuf did it against Mohammad Asif in the final of the ICC World T20 2007 against Pakistan.The brothers did not stop there. For over five years, they were mainstays in the Indian cricket team and won many matches either with single-handed efforts or as brothers.  However, injuries and lack of form made it difficult for both of them to seal a permanent spot in the team. They are still plying their trade in the lucrative Indian Premier League but are no more the attention seekers they once were.However, another pair of brothers from the same state are making heads turn in this season. Hardik Pandya was the star of the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Indian team that dominated the T20 format in the last few months. Hardik, the younger one off the two, made his debut in Australia while his brother Krunal, who kept grabbing the attention of big names in cricket, was recovering from an injury that kept him out of action since March last year. However, Krunal’s lack of match practise didn’t stop one of the most successful IPL franchises Mumbai Indians from bagging him for a record price (Rs 2 crore, which is ten times the money paid for Hardik) at the auctions earlier this year.advertisementAnd Krunal needed just five games to put his brother in the shade. The 25-year-old is has shone with both the bat and the ball so far. On Wednesday Krunal went berserk after he removed two of the most dangerous batsmen in world cricket at the moment – Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. Mumbai Indians’ skipper Rohit Sharma was full of praise for the young left-armer.At this rate, Hardik and Krunal, have a good chance of emulating Irfan and Yusuf. And the inspiration for them, as expected, are the Pathan brothers.”To be honest, the inspiration for us comes from Pathan brothers. They also came from the city where we are from. I have seen Irfan and Yusuf play and wanted to be like them,” Hardik told iplt20.com.Krunal echoed his younger brother’s statement saying, “Once we were playing cricket at the U-19 level. We watched them play and I started dreaming that one day we will also play for Baroda together. It’s just the beginning for us and we have to go a long way.”The Pandya brothers, who seem to be enjoying their sting at Mumbai Indians, said they were lucky that they had always played together.  “We’ve been very lucky that we have always played together. From our childhood we were dreaming to play together, at a good level. Finally we’re here. We are really happy to represent such a big franchise at the IPL,” Krunal said.On Wednesday, Krunal ran around Wankhede after he outsmarted the South African superstar. His celebratory run reminded most people of his brother. Krunal, though denies that he had copied his brother’s style. “It came naturally to me. I haven’t copied the celebrations from Hardik,” he said.Apart from his on-field heroics, Hardik stole the show with his off-field show-offs during his stint with the Indian team.  Krunal, who proclaims that he is an old-school guy, conceded that he was always tempted to imitate his brother’s fashion sense. “I am an old-school guy and thus I copy his fashion sense,” Krunal said.Hardik, who has been taken for a ride by most batsmen in this season, wants to imbibe his brother’s economy rate. “I have been going at 9, 10 runs an over. I want to bowl like my brother who has been tidy so far,” he said.advertisementKrunal wants a share of his brother’s big-hitting capabilities. “I am amazed by the confidence he has. He is a strong guy, I would like to get some power for hitting the big ones,” he said.Hardik was also quick to say that both of them had a similar style of playing cricket and that they did not have the need to copy each other.last_img

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