Saturday morning for India’s Star all-rounders Hardik Pandya and Krunal started with the most devastating news as their father Himanshu Pandya bid adieu to this world. Himanshu Pandya died of a cardiac arrest on Saturday.
On learning the news, Baroda captain Krunal Pandya left the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament and returned home to be with his family in Vadodara who was joined by Hardik and Natasa Stankovic. On seeing their father, the two cricketers broke down in tears. Hardik had been very close to his father.
Hardik and Krunal preformed the last rites together. Their father played a very big role in making them successful cricketers.
Now Krunal Pandya Syed Mustaq Ali will not play further in the tournament. Many players of the Indian cricket team mourned the death of Hardik and Krunal Pandya’s father.
Hardik returned to India after completing the limited-over series in Australia. Although, he was not selected for the Test Series against Australia as he is not fully recovered after being treated for his back. Hardik had suffered a series of back injuries in the past that hampered his stints in the senior national team.