After smashing the fastest half-century by an ODI debutant, Krunal Pandya couldn’t hold back his tears as he remembered his father, who died in January. Krunal’s 58 off 31 balls was a dream come true, but the man who had predicted his “time would come” a few months earlier wasn’t there to enjoy it. Krunal eulogized his father’s sacrifices for him and his younger brother Hardik Pandya in a video posted by the Mumbai Indians, saying that they are both “reaping the fruits of his efforts.”
“Because of what happened with Dad, the last two months have also been difficult. One thing I’ve learned is that that man has put in a lot of effort on my behalf, or on our behalf as a family. We are merely reaping the rewards of his efforts. He was the one who sowed the seeds and saw them grow “In the video, Krunal says.
“On the 16th, just two days before he died, he died (January). He called me on the 14th after seeing one of my knocks at the Syed Mushtaq Ali in Baroda. ‘I have seen you play since you were six years old, but one thing I can tell you after seeing this knock is that your time has come now,’ he said ” Added he.
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 5, 2021
“So it was all in good fun. ‘Dad, I’ve been playing for the past five years,’ I explained. I’ve represented India and performed admirably. We just took home the IPL title.’ ‘Whatever you’ve done so far is perfect, but I just feel like your time will come,’ he said. His last words to me were these. After that, he left after two days. So, somewhere down the way, I get the feeling that his presence is with me. It’s a challenge… Every day, I have the impression that he is with me. In a good way, I miss him. He was a vibrant member of our family”, He came to a conclusion.
Krunal’s magical knock, which included seven fours and two maximums, helped India to a competitive total against England in the first ODI. The hosts won by 66 runs, with Krunal’s innings contributing significantly to their victory.