Every time When Hardik Pandya’s Gujarat Titans faced Krunal Pandya’s Lucknow Super Giants in IPL, the rivalry shows the cricket at its peak, The Pandya siblings have faced two times each other in the Indian Premier League.
The brothers, who play for Baroda in India, have been teammates for the Mumbai Indians since Krunal acquired them for Rs 2 crore in 2016. Hardik, on the other hand, debuted in the IPL a year before his elder brother with MI.
Pandya vs Pandya
Nobody could have predicted that the two new IPL teams, Gujarat Titans (GT) and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), would put on such a show in the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Pandya brothers, who were instrumental in the success of the Mumbai Indians (MI), were recruited by Gujarat and Lucknow, respectively, and have successfully completed their respective franchises.
Gujarat faces Lucknow in Match No. 57 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune, pitting the two brothers against each other.
Gujarat Titans (GT) sent out a funny tweet before of the match – “The Pandya Derby. Bhai-valry Returns! What we love about the Pandya Brothers is that they never stop dreaming! Before the face-off tonight, we made them share their fascinating journey once again!”
The Pandya Derby. Bhai-valry Returns!
What we 💟 about the Pandya Brothers is that they never stop dreaming! Before the face-off tonight, we made them share their fascinating journey once again!#SeasonOfFirsts #AavaDe #AbApniBaariHai #BhaukaalMachaDenge #LSGvGT @LucknowIPL pic.twitter.com/zjBWcQ3s5o
— Gujarat Titans (@gujarat_titans) May 10, 2022
The two brothers expressed their affection for each other
“It’s difficult to explain my equation with him in words. Hardik and I literally think the same things all the time. Yes, I have seen him grow, but for me, he is still the same. I used to save him from mom’s scolding, but he kept doing it because he was stubborn. But I reckon it’s the stubbornness that has got him to where he is today,” Krunal said.
Hardik also revealed that before making his India debut, he shared the same bed with Krunal.
“We have this incredible bond and cricket has been our life. He is someone I have spent most of my life with, more than friends and either of our parents. In fact, we shared the same bed till I played for India. I was the naughty one but all the younger siblings are like that,” said Hardik.
Meanwhile, Krunal Pandya tweeted a photo of a child with the caption, “Got my lucky charm on my side for tomorrow’s game @hardikpandya7.” The boy sporting the LSG jersey is Hardik Pandya‘s son Agastya.
Got my lucky charm on my side for tomorrow’s game @hardikpandya7 😉 pic.twitter.com/OiDfEMHeHJ
— Krunal Pandya (@krunalpandya24) May 9, 2022
Krunal took the wicket of his younger brother in the first match between GT and LSG, dismissing him for 33 following a cameo of 13-ball 21 in the first innings as LSG posted 158/6.
Hardik, on the other hand, had the last laugh as GT chased down the target with two balls to spare, thanks to Rahul Tewatia’s heroics.