The Indian all-rounder Krunal Pandya made a dream debut in the ongoing 1st ODI match against England in Pune. It was an emotional day for Krunal Pandya as he remembered his father and broke down into tears.
The Mumbai Indians‘ star all-rounder walked out to bat at number 7 and took the game by storm from the first ball he faced. He got to his 50 in just 26 balls as he provided the late impetus to India. Krunal’s stunning knock was laced with seven fours and two sixes. After he smashed his half-century, an emotional Krunal Pandya dedicated his knock to his father.
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 23, 2021
Later, after the match, during the interview with Murali Kartik, all that Krunal Pandya could manage to say was “This one is for my dad. It was very emotional.” Krunal then broke down in tears and Kartik asked him to take his time.
Krunal asked for the interview to be cut short and the cameras moved away from him. This is when his younger brother Hardik Pandya went up to him and gave him a tight hug.
“The emotions well up. He has lost his father just months ago, so the emotions are raw. It was great of Murali Kartik to not carry on with the proceedings and allow him to go and prepare to bowl,” said Sunil Gavaskar a little later.
This emotional moment left everyone with teary eyes. The video of the same has been going viral on social media and has made everyone emotional.
Here, watch the video:
— Vipul Madkaikar (@the_vipul10) March 23, 2021
For the unversed, Krunal and Hardi Pandya’s father passed away at the age of 71 in January this year after he suffered a cardiac arrest. Krunal, who was leading his Baroda team in the Syed Mushtaq Trophy, had left the tournament to be there with his family members during that tough time.
Meanwhile, fans on social media couldn’t hide their emotions after watching Krunal’s interview. Here, check out the reactions of Twitterati on this:
— Neeche Se Topper (@NeecheSeTopper) March 23, 2021
Me watching Krunal Pandya dedicate his half century to his father pic.twitter.com/Egp6DkuKFV
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) March 23, 2021
My heart ??❤️
— Alexandra Hartley (@AlexHartley93) March 23, 2021
Fastest international 50 on debut ?
And so emotional he could not conduct the interview as he dedicated it to his father… something that truly resonates with me
Bless him #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/kAQAo2Xcb1
— Neilby_Gooner 70 ⚽ (@Neilby70) March 23, 2021
— UrMiL07™ (@urmilpatel30) March 23, 2021
“This one is for my dad. I did get emotional” -krunal Pandya
cricket is not just a game but an emotion in INDIA. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/fgYt4dRHEr
— Yashvi ( offline ) (@ItsYashswiniR) March 23, 2021
— Debojyoti Chatterjee (@Debojyo26678013) March 23, 2021