IPL auctions: Krunal Pandya stays back at Mumbai Indians with Rs 8.8 crore deal

Mumbai Indians used its Right to Match Card to retain the services of Krunal Pandya for a whopping Rs 8.8 crore.

Last year, Krunal even scored 243 runs with a strike rate of 136.   -  AP

Mumbai Indians used its Right to Match Card to retain the services of Krunal Pandya for a whopping Rs 8.8 crore.

The elder brother of India international, Hardik Pandya, Krunal has been one of the most consistent performers at the domestic level. And on Saturday, after some fiery bidding, his old franchise — Mumbai Indians — decided to keep him back for this edition of the tournament.

In 2016, Krunal was one of the brightest prospects of the IPL and in the final last year, he went on to become the Man of the Match for the Mumbai outfit. He scalped 10 wickets, with an economy of 6.82. Not just that, Krunal even scored 243 runs with a strike rate of 136.

So, when the franchises went for him, it was not a surprise. But what remained interesting was the way the franchises went on raising the price bracket. The result was simple — starting from a base price of Rs. 40 lakh, Krunal went on fetching crores.

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