Krunal Pandya, who returned with figures of four for 36, registered the best figures by a spinner in T20I in Australia. Photo: BCCI
Krunal Pandya, who returned with figures of four for 36, registered the best figures by a spinner in T20I in Australia. Photo: BCCI

Allrounder Krunal Pandya did not have the perfect start to the tour of Australia Down Under in the first T20 International at the Gabba in Brisbane which the hosts won by four runs (DLS method) on November 21.

Krunal, who was introduced in place of T20I wicket-taker Yuzvendra Chahal, returned wicketless and went for 55 runs in his four overs. With the willow, he added just two runs.

However, in the series decider at the Sydney Cricket Ground after the second tie at Melbourne was washed out, Krunal bounced back to snap four wickets as India levelled the series 1-1 on Sunday. Krunal, who returned with figures of four for 36, registered the best figures by a spinner in T20I in Australia.

“Obviously, it feels really great to contribute in a winning side. I had to back myself after that first game. It feels good to overcome those type of hurdles,” Krunal, who was awarded the man of the match on Sunday, said at the post-match ceremony.

“The best part of team India is they back all of the players whether you are doing well or poorly.”