Krunal Pandya was applauded for dropping his run out appeal against KL Rahul due to the spirit of cricket displayed by him and his skipper Rohit Sharma. The 30-year-old had lifted the bails with KL Rahul yards away from the crease, but it wasn’t as simple as that. He had grabbed the ball in an unusual manner after Chris Gayle had shot it straight to Rahul at the non-end. striker’s It then ricocheted to Krunal, who quickly removed the bails. As Krunal protested for the run out, the umpire stepped upstairs as well, but subsequently retreated. Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma backed him up, begging the umpire not to take it any further.
Allowing KL Rahul to leave at such a critical point might have been disastrous for Mumbai, who are in a must-win position against Punjab. Fortunately, Rahul didn’t stay long and left soon after. Krunal has been relentlessly ridiculed for his dismal performance in the IPL thus far, and Mumbai’s losing streak hasn’t helped matters either. His terrible bat-and-ball form has provided cannon fodder for his naysayers, who have capitalised on his dismal run on social media.
Previously, Kieron Pollard had been the only cricketer to accomplish a T20 double of 10,000 runs and 300 wickets. Pollard, a Mumbai Indians player, accomplished the feat against the Punjab Kings. To accomplish this feat in the space of a few balls, the West Indian managed to eliminate both KL Rahul and his own countrymen Chris Gayle. Pollard was given the over during a period when Mumbai was trying to acquire fast wickets. They had eliminated Mandeep Singh, but the big fish, KL Rahul, was still alive and well. Congratulations to Pollard, Mumbai caused a mini-collapse in Punjab’s ranks, reducing them to 50/4.