Indian cricketer Hardik and Krunal Pandya’s father passed away on Saturday morning due to cardiac arrest. After hearing this sad news, captain Krunal Pandya who was playing the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy for Baroda left the tournament in the middle and headed home. Confirming this news, Baroda Cricket Association CEO Shishir Hattangadi said that Krunal has left the bio bubble. It is a personal tragedy and the Baroda Cricket Association stands together in this grief of Hardik and Krunal.
"Yes, #KrunalPandya has left the bubble. It is a personal tragedy, Baroda Cricket Association mourns this loss of #HardikPandya and Krunal," Baroda Cricket Association CEO Shishir Hattangadi told news agency ANI pic.twitter.com/Yi4ZtIYH5K
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Himanshu Pandya, the father of Hardik Pandya, played a vital role in making Hardik and Krunal a cricketer. Despite the poor financial condition, he raised money and sent his two sons to Kiran More Cricket Academy. Hardik himself has also posted on social media many times acknowledging his father’s contribution in his becoming a cricketer.
Many cricketers and celebrities expressed grief over the sudden demise of Hardik’s father’s death and paid their respects. Former Indian cricketer and Baroda captain Irfan Pathan, remembering his first meeting, wrote, ‘I remember when I met Uncle for the first time in Moti Bagh. He was eager to see his sons play good cricket. My condolences to you and your entire family! May God give you the strength to pass through this difficult time‘
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
Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya's father passes away. Krunal has left the Baroda team. Strong condolences to the Pandya brothers.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) January 16, 2021
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