I don’t care about records: Hardik Pandya after 34-ball 91 vs KKR

first_imgMumbai Indians were reeling at 58 for 4 in chase of a mammoth 233-run target against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. Andre Russell had demolished the MI bowling attack smashing a 40-ball 80 in a must-win Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.Not a lot of cricketers have been able to overshadow Russell’s masterclass in IPL 2019 but in-form India all-rounder Hardik Pandya managed to do it with ease.Pandya gave Mumbai Indians dugout and their fans a glimmer of hope in their 233-run chase with some extraordinary ball-striking skills. Pandya smashed the fastest fifty of IPL 2019 (17 balls) and made 91 from just 34 balls before getting out in the 18th over in a bid to bring the asking rate down.Pandya was hitting sixes at will. To be precise, he had hit a six every four balls on Sunday and gave KKR a huge scare before perishing while trying to add another six to his tally.Panya was just 9 runs short of his maiden T20 century but the Mumbai Indians’ all-rounder said he didn’t play for records and has never cared about personal milestones.”I don’t care about records. I’m someone who will never play for records. For me, I don’t care about the numbers, I don’t care about my stats. It’s just that in short, the team should win. That’s the only focus I always have. It’s good to be honest but I will never play for records. I had no idea… In the end, for me, what matters is that the team should win. Today [Sunday] was not our day and I don’t count these records,” Hardik Pandya told Mumbai Indians.advertisement| #KungFuPandya is striking the ball cleanly and we’re all loving it #OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #KKRvMI @hardikpandya7 pic.twitter.com/RLbALGbF3zMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 29, 2019Hardik added: “I knew I had to keep scoring runs and keep hitting sixes. To be honest, I didn’t have much of a plan. It was simple. Everyone knew what I had to do – just go and enjoy my game, keep hitting and make sure I don’t get out.”Hardik Pandya has been in fine form in IPL 2019. The India all-rounder missed out on most part of the limited-overs tours to Australia and New Zealand earlier this year due to an off-field controversy.On his comeback, Hardik has batted at a different level altogether. His IPL 2019 numbers 355 runs at close to a strike rate of 200 from 12 matches tell us a lot about his improved consistency.Want to continue good form at 2019 World Cup: HardikStressing he wants to carry forward the batting form to the 2019 World Cup, Hardik said he is keen on completing an IPL-World Cup double this year.”My confidence will obviously grow high. I really want to win this IPL. After that, I have the World Cup – which is my dream. I want to get the World Cup and I want to make sure I keep doing this, what I’m doing right now. Hopefully, we get the IPL trophy and the World Cup,” Hardik said.Also Read | Delhi Capitals star Rishabh Pant surpasses Kumar Sangakkara to set new IPL recordAlso Read | I try to make sure no back-biting in KKR camp, says Dinesh KarthikAlso See:last_img

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