‘It’s not me who’s overconfident’: Ahead of mega auction, Indian star tells IPL franchises he’ll ‘win you games – 100%’ | locust

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The Indian Premier League 2022 mega auction will take place on February 12-13 in Bangalore. With the arrival of two new franchises (Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans) in the tournament, the event has taken on added importance. 590 players will go under the hammer in the mega auction as franchises aim to outbid each other to rebuild their respective squads ahead of the new season.

Among many star players, India’s Krunal Pandya will also be in the mega auction. Krunal had represented Mumbai Indians in the IPL between 2016 and 2021, playing a key role in their three title wins (2017, 2019 and 2021). He was released by the franchise ahead of the 2022 edition and ‘Pandya Senior’ now has a message for all teams ahead of the mega auction.

“Krunal Pandya will win you games – 100%,” said the versatile 30-year-old ESPNCricinfo.

“It’s not me being overconfident or arrogant. It’s just self-confidence. I am a team man. I always play to win championships.

During his time at the Mumbai Indians, Krunal had played with proven finishers like Hardik and Kieron Pollard, which saw him slip through the batting order. Krunal has hit every position between 4 and 7 for the franchise. The all-rounder further says that he now expects ‘to have more opportunities’.

“I’m not someone who prefers a single number, but if I have an ongoing role [in one position] it makes my job easier,” says Pandya.

“We [Mumbai] We were lucky to have two of the best finishers on our side. Automatically my role had to be manipulated – I had to complete Hardik and Pollard when they were ahead of me and I beat at 7. If we lost wickets early I would come in at 5 to make sure I gave them the right platform.

Pandya also spoke about his high bowling average in the tournament, insisting that his job was to control the flow of runs.

“For the past two seasons, my role has been to defend. At the same time, I knocked down that sixth plus, the hardest on the power play [Pandya has bowled 33 overs in the powerplay across the last three seasons]. I also passed the second or third,” Pandya said.

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