“Then what was the need to fake an injury? totally planned”, Fans react when Ravichandran Ashwin calls Krunal Pandya’s decision as a strategic move and not retired hurt

In their IPL 2023 encounter against the Mumbai Indians on Tuesday, the Lucknow Super Giants scored an amazing 177 for three in 20 overs despite playing on a pitch that was tough to bat on, as it has been at the Ekana Cricket Stadium. LSG reached their final total of 177 thanks in large part to all-rounder Marcus Stoinis’ undefeated 89 runs off 47 balls. LSG was brought back from three early blows by Krunal Pandya. However, he left the game with an injury after reaching a score of 49. 

After Mumbai elected to bowl first, left-arm bowler Jason Behrendorff quickly took care of business by dismissing openers Deepak Hooda and Prerak Mankad in quick succession, with Mankad getting out for a golden duck. After Piyush Chawla had bowled four overs, he dismissed Quinton de Kock for 16.

Ravichandran Ashwin calls Krunal Pandya’s decision as retired out and not retired hurt

Then, in the 16th over, Krunal and Stoinis put up a partnership of 82 runs, the most by any pair in IPL 2023 in Lucknow, surpassing the previous record of 79 runs by Hooda and Kyle Mayers against the Delhi Capitals. This helped LSG come back from being 35 for three to 117 for three.

Unfortunately, Krunal suffered a leg injury while batting and had to be helped off the pitch at the conclusion of that over. When he retired hurt with a score of 49, Nicholas Pooran took his place. R Ashwin, a bowler for the Rajasthan Royals, voiced the public’s vexing concern by pointing out the inconvenient timing of Krunal’s choice. Even though the commentators brought out the topic of Krunal’s injury, Ashwin believed that it was a strategic move on his part. Later, as MI was attempting to catch up to 178, Krunal got the ball rolling.

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