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Australia vs India: Krunal Pandya draws Jasprit Bumrah’s comparison with Jonty Rhodes

Krunal and Bumrah had an interview after the third T20I.

Krunal Pandya
Krunal Pandya. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Australia and India recently locked horns in the three-match T20I series in Down Under. The visiting team won the final encounter at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground by six wickets to draw level in the series. Krunal Pandya and captain Virat Kohli were the major contributors in the Men in Blue’s triumph. While the Delhi cricketer scored his 19th T20I fifty, Krunal picked up a four-wicket haul.

India’s fielding was outstanding, to say the least. They took three superlative catches in the outfield and there was also one spectacular direct hit from Jasprit Bumrah to get rid of the swashbuckling Chris Lynn, who scored 13 runs from 10 deliveries with the help of one boundary. Bumrah isn’t known as the best in the business by any means as far as fielding is concerned, but he didn’t disappoint that day.

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Krunal praises Bumrah

He threw the stumps down at the bowler’s end to get rid of the Queenslander in the 18th over, who could’ve inflicted some serious damage in the death overs. The stupendous display in the outfield has highly impressed Krunal, so much so that he compared the lanky speedster with Jonty Rhodes, the legendary South African cricketer, who had redefined fielding in his own way during his playing days.

Following India’s stupendous victory, Bumrah interviewed Krunal. A video of their interaction was shared by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on their official website. Bumrah commenced the interview, introducing himself and Krunal to the viewers.

Meanwhile, Krunal asked his teammate a question while hailing him as the new ‘Rhodes’ of Mumbai Indians. “What were you thinking when you ran out Lynn at the non striker’s end? (He is the new Jonty Rhodes of Mumbai Indians),” Krunal said.

After getting compared to the legend, Bumrah was over the moon. The pacer explained how he managed to get Lynn run out. “It’s not that, I had just lost my balance so I took my chance. It was good that in the end it all worked out,” Bumrah mentioned.

Here is the video on BCCI’s website

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