Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya’s father Himanshu Pandya passed away at the age of 71 on Saturday morning due to a cardiac arrest. Himanshu Pandya suffered a heart attack and could not survive.
Hardik Pandya, who recently returned back home after the conclusion of limited over series against Australia last month was at home at the time of his father breathing his last.
On the other hand, Krunal Pandya, who was leading his team Baroda in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in Vadodara, has left the bio-bubble to be there with his family at this difficult time. Krunal would not be playing for Baroda in the ongoing Indian T20 tournament. Baroda Cricket Association CEO Shishir Hattangadi told ANI:
“Yes, Krunal Pandya has left the bubble. It is a personal tragedy, Baroda Cricket Association mourns this loss of Hardik and Krunal,”
Meanwhile, as soon as this heartbreaking news came out, social media was flooded with tweets and posts mourning the death of Hardik and Krunal’s dad. Several cricketers also took to his twitter and expressed their heartfelt condolences to the family.
Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, also took to his twitter and paid condolences to Hardik and Krunal. He also revealed that he spoke to their father a couple of times. He wrote:
“Heartbroken to hear about the demise of Hardik and Krunal’s dad. Spoke to him a couple of times, looked a joyful and full of life person. May his soul rest in peace. Stay strong you two. @hardikpandya7 @krunalpandya24″
Here, check out the tweet:
Heartbroken to hear about the demise of Hardik and Krunal's dad. Spoke to him a couple of times, looked a joyful and full of life person. May his soul rest in peace. Stay strong you two. @hardikpandya7 @krunalpandya24
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 16, 2021
Several other cricketers including the batting legends Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh also took to their twitter and paid condolences to the Pandya family on Saturday. Here, check out the tweets:
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 16, 2021
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) January 16, 2021
Remember meeting uncle for the first time at motibagh. He was so keen for his sons to play good cricket. My condolences to You and family. May god give you strength to pass through this difficult time @krunalpandya24 @hardikpandya7
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) January 16, 2021