Krunal Pandya was in the news for his brilliant batting in his ODI debut for Team India against England, as he was for his emotional reaction after the innings.
The old Pandya siblings broke up during the mid-innings interview, as he was thinking of his late father, who had recently passed away. Pandya Sr. played a huge role in making both Hardik and Krunal realize their dreams of playing cricket at the highest level.
After the match, Hardik interviewed Krunal for the BCCI website in which Krunal shared an emotional detail and close relationship of the two brothers with his father.
So basically the thing is, he died on the 16th morning and I was playing the character of Syed Mushtaq Ali that day. He had a habit of dressing up at night with his clothes, his shoes, his pants, his shirt, his hat.
So all I did was just before the game, I got his bag from Baroda, and I thought, I know he is not with us, but the clothes that he had to wear in that game, I thought he Bring and stay in the dressing room, Krunal revealed on the BCCI official website.
💬 Our father was with us in dressing room: Pandya brothers @ hardikpandya7 interviews @ krunalpandya24 post his emotional knock on ODI debut. This has all our heart By- By @RajalArora #TeamIndia #INDvENG @Paytm
– BCCI (@BCCI) March 24, 2021
Krunal hit the fastest half-century on debut in just 26 balls and made a crucial partnership of 112 runs with KL Rahul, which led India to post a total of 317 for 5.
Obviously, I worked so hard to stay here, not just in cricket, but for everything, from my food to fitness, to everything and again it is dedicated to the old man.
Krunal had also tweeted pictures of his father’s belongings which he was carrying with him.
Hardik revealed on his part that Krunal’s body language showed his love for his late father.
My father would always keep the clothes he’d wear for our matches ready the previous night. This was what he was going to wear for my match on Jan 16, the day he left us. I carried it with me in the dressing room to feel his presence even more strongly during my ODI debut. pic.twitter.com/eXkpFWVG8M
– Krunal Pandya (@ krunalpandya24) March 24, 2021
It also appears in your body language, but not many people know, our father is actually with us in the dressing room, took Krunal, our father died at 4 in the morning and he was someone who carried his belongings. Always kept ready for the next day.
Krunal is carrying the bag containing his (luggage), Hardik revealed.
Krunal, a left-handed batsman and slow-paced orthodox bowler who has played 18 T20s, has also played for the five-time IPL champion Mumbai Indians.