Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Krunal, Hardik Pandya Laud Baroda’s journey after defeat to Tamil Nadu in the final

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Baroda may have come up short in the final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, but Krunal Pandya and Hardik Pandya praised the tournament on Monday. Tamil Nadu defeated Baroda by seven wickets in the final of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Sunday to win the title. Baba Aparajith played an undefeated 29-run knock to guide Tamil Nadu in the 121-run run chase. Manimaran Siddharth’s four-wicket draw and Baba Aparajith’s unbeaten 29-run knock helped Tamil Nadu defeat Baroda by seven wickets in the final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Sunday.

Dinesh Karthik’s side suffered a loss against Karnataka in the 2019/20 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy final, but they managed to get through the last hurdle in the current edition.

“Well played, guys. You can be proud of this achievement,” Hardik tweeted while applauding Baroda’s performance.

On the other hand, Krunal took to Twitter and said, “Top performances guys! Great performances in the tournament. We have come a long way and there is still a long way to go.”

In January, Baroda skipper Krunal Pandya left the bio-bubble created for Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in Vadodara when the all-rounder’s father died. Krunal Pandya had left the bubble to be with his family and as a result, he didn’t play for Baroda for the rest of the tournament.

Krunal had played three games in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq tournament and managed to win four wickets. In the first game against Uttarakhand, Krunal also managed to score 76 points for Baroda.

Hardik Pandya didn’t play in the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy, but he started training for the upcoming white-ball series against England.

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Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy was started on January 10th and the group stage gave many players a chance to show their skills.

The coronavirus pandemic had made things a little more complicated at the tournament this time around, as players had to focus not only on their games, but also on bio-calling protocols and safety regulations. But the T20 tournament proved to be a perfect opportunity for the young and fringe players to impress the national selectors with a view to the 2021 T20 World Cup.

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