Updated: March 23, 2021 11:35:19 pm
“This one is for my dad. It was very emotional,” is all Krunal Pandya could manage in the interview with Murali Kartik after smashing 58 off 31 balls in the 1st ODI vs England on Tuesday. His innings, coming on his debut, was the fastest by a debutant in the history of ODI cricket.
Papa, with every ball you were always on my mind and in my heart. Tears rolled down my face as I felt your presence with me. Thank you for being my strength, for being the biggest support I’ve had. I hope I made you proud. This is for you Papa, everything we do is for you Papa ❤️ pic.twitter.com/djQWaytETG
— Krunal Pandya (@krunalpandya24) March 23, 2021
— Vipul Madkaikar (@the_vipul10) March 23, 2021
As Krunal broke down in tears, Kartik asked him to take his time. Krunal then asked for the interview to be cut short and the cameras moved away from him.
The cameras later showed his brother Hardik Pandya going up to him and clasping him in a hug. “It is a proud moment for the family, and an emotional one as well,” Kartik said.
This is all heart 💙🫂
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 23, 2021
“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.
Krunal and Hardik Pandyas’ father passed away at the age of 71 in January this year after a cardiac arrest. Krunal, who had been leading the Baroda team in the Syed Mushtaq Trophy, had left the tournament mid-way to return home at the time.
— tony (@tony49901400) March 23, 2021
Krunal Pandya smashed the fastest 50 by an ODI debutant — looking up at the skies to celebrate the moment — as India posted 317/5 in their 50 overs. Hardik was also seen wiping away a tear on the sidelines as his brother reached his 50.
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