Krunal Pandya cries on field upon remembering late father, hugs brother Hardik

New Delhi: Krunal Pandya, who scored an unbeaten 58 off 31 balls in the first match of the ongoing ODI series against England, got emotional after India’s victory. 

It was a superb performance on his ODI debut for the 30-year-old from Ahmedabad. His whirlwind knock, which was studded with 7 boundaries and 2 sixes, boosted the scoring rate in the final overs and helped India post a formidable total.

Pandya made an impact with the ball as well with figures of 59/1 in his 10 overs.

After the match at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Tuesday, Pandya said that he hopes his late father would be happy with his performance. Pandya’s father died in January due to cardiac arrest and while missing him Krunal hugged his brother Hardik and cried on the field. 

Shikhar Dhawan (98) and Virat Kohli (56) laid the foundation for the Indian innings. KL Rahul and Krunal Pandya stitched together a partnership of 112 runs lower down the order to helped Team India post 317/5. Rahul remained unbeaten on 62 off 43 balls.

“Papa, with every ball you were always on my mind and in my heart. Tears rolled down my face as I felt your presence with me. Thank you for being my strength, for being the biggest support I’ve had. I hope I made you proud. This is for you Papa, everything we do is for you Papa,” Krunal tweeted after the match.

Earlier, during a conversation during the match with the official broadcaster, Krunal dedicated this innings to his late father. He got emotional while talking and was unable to speak further. 

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“This is for you, father. I got emotional when I got the cap,” Krunal had said. 

After this, Krunal became very emotional and left.

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