Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Krunal Pandya at ODI debut: Got dad’s bag to dressing room to keep him close

India all-rounder Krunal Pandya had his late father Himanshu’s travel bag in the dressing room as he tried to keep him close ahead of his outstanding ODI debut in which he smashed the fastest 50 by a debutant.

Celebrating his 30th birthday on Wednesday, Krunal and his younger brother and star all-rounder Hardik Pandya spoke about the close relationship they shared with the Senior Pandya, who died of a heart attack in January.

“So basically the thing is, he passed away on 16th morning and I was playing Syed Mushtaq Ali on that day. He had a habit of keeping his clothes ready in the night, his shoes, his pant, his shirt, hat as well.

Apart from his 58-run knock, Krunal also picked up a wicket in the game, against England, which India won by 66 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. He broke down while speaking to the host broadcaster after the match and was comforted by his brother.

Kruna has gone through a lot in the past few months. After being dropped from the Indian T20 team, he was caught in a spat with all-rounder Deepak Hooda before losing his father, who had played a key role in making him a cricketer.

“…again somewhere down the line, I just feel his (late father’s) blessings are there, just feel more secure…this is for him,” said Krunal.

“It shows in your body language as well, but not many people know, our father is actually with us in the dressing room, Krunal has been carrying…our father passed away at 4 o’clock in the morning, and he was someone who used to always keep his stuff ready for the next day.

Krunal, a left-handed batsman, and a slow-left arm orthodox bowler, who has played 18 T20s, has been also playing for five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians.

MUST READ  Nadal crushes qualifier Korda to reach last eight

Latest news

Yoga originated in Nepal, not India: Nepal PM

Nepal caretaker Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Monday claimed that Yoga originated in Nepal, adding that India wasn't around when Yoga started in...

21 cases of mutated covid delta variant in Maharashtra

Twenty-one cases of the Delta Plus Covid variant, the mutant version of the Delta variant that unleashed the devastating second wave of the pandemic,...

MS Dhoni in the hills with family

Former India captain MS Dhoni prefers to not be very active on social media, and since Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 was suspended mid-way...

Covid vaccines running out in poorer countries: WHO

A large number of poorer countries receiving Covid-19 vaccines through a global sharing scheme do not have enough doses to continue programmes, the World...

Related news

21 cases of mutated covid delta variant in Maharashtra

Twenty-one cases of the Delta Plus Covid variant, the mutant version of the Delta variant that unleashed the devastating second wave of the pandemic,...

MS Dhoni in the hills with family

Former India captain MS Dhoni prefers to not be very active on social media, and since Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 was suspended mid-way...

Covid vaccines running out in poorer countries: WHO

A large number of poorer countries receiving Covid-19 vaccines through a global sharing scheme do not have enough doses to continue programmes, the World...

Euro 2020: Security guards get very handsy with scantily-clad streaker

A pitch invader advertising cryptocurrency is creating headlines across Europe after running onto the field in the middle of a Euro 2020 match. The scantily-clad...

Missing woman found dead in Victoria with her dog on her side

The body of a missing elderly woman has been found next to a burnt-out car, along with her dog who stayed by the Victorian's...

Queensland has one new Covid -19 case, opens borders with Victoria

One new case of coronavirus has been recorded in Queensland. The man, in his 60s, attended a restaurant at Ellen Grove at the same time...

Tajinderpal Toor qualifies in Shot Put for Tokyo Olympics

With a 21.49 m Shot Put throw, Tajinderpal Toor has today qualified for Tokyo Olympics after breaking his own National Record at Indian Grand...