Pandya brothers finally reunite as India teammates in England

first_imgHardik Pandya shared an emotional message on his social media account along with his elder brother Krunal on Wednesday.The Pandya brothers are part of the Indian squad which is taking on England in the T20 international series.Hardik, who played in the first match on July 3, posted a picture with Krunal and wrote an emotional message along with it after the first match at Old Trafford.”From building partnerships on a local ground in Baroda to standing together in the INDIA kit at Old Trafford, this has been one hell of a journey. As kids, we dreamt about representing India and after going through many ups and downs together, today we are here… together.”Honestly, I don’t know how to express this feeling but to have Krunal Pandya on my side in the India camp makes me extremely emotional and proud,” Hardik wrote.Also Read – Anushka Sharma joins Virat Kohli and Team India in EnglandHardik has been an important cog in India’s wheel in all three formats of late thanks to his all-round abilities on the cricket field. His brother however, is yet to break into the playing XI.advertisementAlso Read – ‘Come on Hardik’, Ziva cheers on as Pandya hits sixes for funAll-rounder Krunal was called into the T20I team as a replacement for Washington Sundar, who injured his right ankle during Indian team’s training session at the Malahide Cricket Club, Dublin on June 26.The 27-year-old has been rewarded for his consistent performances for Mumbai Indians in the last two editions of the Indian Premier League, while Deepak Chahar, who replaced injured Jasprit Bumrah in the squad, got rewarded for his good performance in the domestic tournaments and the ongoing India A team’s tour of England.Dream come BLUE!!!From building partnerships on a local ground in Baroda to standing together in the INDIA kit at Old Trafford, this has been one hell of a journey. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/YkYCiq3ehQhardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) July 4, 2018As kids, we dreamt about representing& after going through many ups & downs together, today we are here… together. Honestly, I dont know how to express this feeling but to have @krunalpandya24 on my side in thecamp makes me extremely emotional & proud.(2/2)hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) July 4, 2018If he gets a chance to play in any of the upcoming matches then Krunal and and Hardik Pandya will become the third brother duo to represent India after Mohinder Amarnath and Surinder Amarnath and Pathan brothers — Irfan and Yusuf.Hardik meanwhile, is in very good form at the moment after having picked up a wicket in the first T20I against England in Manchester earlier this week. He also took 1 wicket and scored 38 runs in the two T20Is against Ireland before this series.He got the wicket of Moeen Ali as India crushed England by 8 wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.MATCH HIGHLIGHTSThe Men in Blue restricted the hosts to 159 for 8 after electing to bowl first with Kuldeep Yadav taking a five-wicket haul, his first and India’s third in T20 international cricket.KL Rahul then proved his class with the bat as he smashed 101 not out, his second hundred in T20Is, to take India past the finish line in the 19th over.last_img read more

ISL: Sunil Chhetri brace gives Bengaluru FC easy win over FC Pune City

first_imgSunil Chhetri starred for Bengaluru FC as they eased past FC Pune City 3-0 in their Indian Super League (ISL) football clash away from home on Monday.Chhetri’s struck in the 41st and 43rd minute to give BFC an advantage going into the half-way mark. Venezuelan striker Miku scored in the 64th minute at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Stadium to complete a formiddable victory.The win took Bengaluru FC to the top of the table with seven points from two games. NorthEast United FC have equal number of points as well but BFC’s better goal difference took them to the top ahead of NEUFC.Pune on the other hand, have just one point after three matches and are langushing at ninth in the table.Bengaluru FC were the early aggressors and had an opportunity to score in the 15th minute when Matt Mills’ poor first-touch allowed Miku to nick the ball off the defender. The Venezuelan striker dribbled into the box before curling the ball over the bar from a tight angle.Bengaluru FC goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh used his height to great effect to keep out a dipping free-kick effort by Marcelinho. The Brazilian’s stunning take looked destined to hit the top right corner of the net but the ‘Blues’ custodian dived to his left to pull off a terrific save.As the two sides stood tight at the back, clear-cut chances were hard to come by.Dimas Delgado’s in-swinging corner-kick found Chhetri unmarked in the centre of the box but the striker’s header was straight at the goalkeeper.advertisementIn the 40th minute, Udanta Singh was released down the right flank by Miku. The winger crossed perfectly for Chhetri in the centre whose effort struck agonisingly wide from close range.The ‘Blues’ skipper made amends for his miss with a goal a minute later. He beat Pune’s off-side trap to receive Delgado’s long diagonal from the right and placed a neat finish past goalkeeper Vishal Kaith to give his side the lead.Chhetri doubled his side’s lead within two minutes. Another long ball from the back was poorly cleared by the Pune defence. Miku pounced on the loose ball before releasing Chhetri into the box who skipped past Sarthak Golui’s challenge to complete the move.Soon after the restart, the visitors threatened again. Udanta intercepted a pass and lobbed the ball over the defence for Miku to chase but the striker, once he got to the byline, took too long to cross and the delay allowed Martin Diaz to slide in with a tackle.Miku’s physical prowess and persistence helped Bengaluru add their third goal in the 64th minute. A long punt forward by Albert Serran fell to Miku who outmuscled Sahil Panwar and slammed [email protected] led from the front and secured all 3 points for his team in tonight’s encounter against @FCPuneCity. He is the Hero of the Match!#HeroISL #LetsFootball #PUNBEN #FanBannaPadega pic.twitter.com/qxxZXegMuuIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) October 22, 2018Pune almost came up with an immediate response at the other end. Rahul Bheke failed to clear a long ball and Diego Carlos pounced onto it before sending a ferocious attempt that struck the outside of the post and sailed out.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more