India vs England, 1st ODI: Hardik Pandya embraced his brother, Krunal with a warm hug after the India all-rounder struggled to control his tears during the mid-innings interview. Krunal shone on ODI debut, hitting a 31-ball 58 not out.
Tears of joy: Krunal Pandya embraced by brother Hardik after dream debut (Reuters Photo)
- This one is for my dad: Krunal Pandya dedicates ODI debut fifty to late father
- Krunal lost his father to cardiac arrest in January 2021
- Krunal set a new world record for the fastest fifty on ODI debut on Tuesday
India all-rounder Krunal Pandya was lost for words as he walked up to speak to the official broadcasters after hitting a 31-ball 58 on ODI debut on Tuesday. Krunal hit the fastest fifty by a batsman on ODI debut as he got to the landmark in just 26 balls, helping India post a competitive total of 317 against England in the ODI series opener at the MCA Stadium in Pune.
Krunal dedicated his record-breaking fifty on ODI debut to his father, who died due to cardiac arrest in January 2021. Krunal had gone through a difficult period in the lead-up to his ODI debut as he had to rush home from Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy commitments when his father passed away.
“This one is for my dad. I did get emotional,” Krunal said even as he tried to hold back his tears. Krunal was not able to complete the mid-innings interview as he signalled to the camera that he was not being able to control his emotions.
As Krunal walked back to the dressing room, his brother Hardik Pandya embraced the all-rounder with a warm hug. Notably, the two brothers were playing together for the first time since their father passed away.
This is all heart
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 23, 2021
Notably, Krunal was handed his ODI cap by his brother Hardik Pandya. Krunal got emotional during the cap presentation ceremony as the ODI debut had come months after his father’s demise.
Krunal made the best of the opportunity that came his way as he hit 7 boundaries and 2 sixes and stitched a 112-run stand with KL Rahul in just 61 balls to help India post 317. Krunal and Rahul played a crucial hand as they helped India revive from a spot of bother after they had lost Hardik and Shikhar Dhawan in quick succession.
Krunal had pulled out of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy tournament but he braved the personal loss to play for Baroda in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. The Mumbai Indians all-rounder scored 388 runs in 5 innings in Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021 which included two hundreds and two fifties.
Notably, Krunal has already represented India in 18 T20Is wherein he has managed 121 runs and 14 wickets. He made his T20I debut for India in November 2018.