Dad is there with you now: Hardik Pandya tells brother Krunal post emotional Vijay Hazare Trophy hundred
The Pandya brothers suffered a huge personal tragedy last month when their father Himanshu Pandya passed away. As Krunal, the elder of the Pandya brothers, scored his maiden hundred of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021 campaign, he recalled the words of his father not long before his demise.Playing for Baroda in the domestic one-day competition, Krunal scored 127 runs off 90 deliveries to help his side secure a 6-wicket win over Tripura. It was, in fact, the first century from the bat of Krunal in domestic cricket and dedicated it to his late father.Krunal also took to Instagram to share an emotional post recalling what his father had told him when he had scored 76 for Baroda in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy tournament.““MY SON, YOUR TIME HAS JUST STARTED,” these were the last words of my Dad when we discussed cricket after I scored 76 in a SMAT game last month.Then, I was touched by his appreciation but now I’m astonished by his vision for me.This was the first time when I got a hundred and he was not physically present to watch my game - yes, my heart pounds to even think of this but knowing him, he’d have definitely cheered for each and every run I scored yesterday. “SHABASH KRUNAL SHABASH, RAMTO REHJE,” he would have cheered!Coincidentally, my Mom was here to watch the game for the first time and I scored a century, connection as they say!I got extremely emotional after the hundred and dedicated this innings to my Dad who I know had a grin on his face when I thanked him for every moment he has given me to fulfil my dreams.Pappa, I LOVE YOU”, Krunal's post read.A post shared by Krunal Pandya (@krunalpandya_official)Hardik shared Krunal's post as a story on his Instagram account and wrote: “DAD IS THERE WITH YOU NOW @KRUNALPANDYA_OFFICIAL”, “MY BOY, SO GOOD”, “DAD WILL BE VERY PROUD MY BRO LOVE YOU”Krunal had left the Bardoda camp soon after he heard the news of his father passing away. Hardik, at that point in time, was not involved in any cricketing series. The two cricketers have since returned to the sport. While Krunal is a part of Baroda's Vijay Hazare Trophy squad, Hardik is with the Indian team in Ahemdabad for the ongoing Test series against England.