Krunal Pandya: Want to be consistent like Kohli in Windies

Krunal Pandya has been selected in India’s 15-member squad led by Kohli for the three T20Is against the West Indies.

Krunal Pandya during the India-A series in the West Indies.   -  TWITTER @krunalpandya24

Consistency is the best way to impress a skipper and all-rounder Krunal Pandya wants to put his best foot forward in front of Virat Kohli during the upcoming T20I series against West Indies starting August 3 in Florida.

The elder of the two Pandya brothers, Krunal has been selected in India’s 15-member squad led by Kohli for the three T20Is against the West Indies.

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And the spin-bowling all-rounder said he now wants to pick on his skipper’s brian on how to achieve consistency which will give his limited overs career much-needed fillip.

“I am looking forward to it (West Indies tour) because there is a lot of cricket in the future. Obviously, I want to perform consistently with both bat and ball,” Krunal told bcci.tv.

“I want to learn from Virat (Kohli) on how to develop that hunger and to be a consistent performer.”

Krunal, who is already in the West Indies with the India A side, said such tours help a cricketer in gaining experience.

“India A tours help a lot. In the last 2-3 years, I have played in South Africa, New Zealand and England. It gives you experience and advantage when you tour these countries with the senior team,” said the 28-year-old left-hander, whose younger brother Hardik has been rested for the entire tour of West Indies.

Krunal said representing Mumbai Indians was the biggest turning point of his cricketing career.

“Mumbai Indians gave me a platform to showcase my abilities. The amount of pressure you are in when you are playing IPL is different,” he said.

The first two T20s between India and West Indies will be played in Fort Lauderhill, USA on August 3 and 4 while the final match of the series will be hosted by Guyana on August 6.