Krunal Pandya‘s feeling got the better of him as the all-rounder broke down the memory of his late father after scoring a sensational fifty on his ODI debut for India.
The 29-year-old wasn’t could speak anything over his knock at the end of the Indian innings as he was beaten in emotion.
Krunal Pandya then embraces his brother Hardik and crying his heart out, showing how strong a connection he had with his father and how much the innings he played would have to devote to his late dad.
Here you can see the video of Krunal Pandya getting emotional during the post-innings interview:
Krunal Pandya breaks down after scoring fastest 50 along with KL Rahul. Hardik Pandya consoles him. #KrunalPandya #klrahul #HardikPandya #INDvsENG #ENGvsIND @krunalpandya24@hardikpandya7 pic.twitter.com/asPd7cidZM
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Krunal Pandya makes an ODI debut to learn
After gathering 388 runs in only five innings in the 2021 Vijay Hazare Trophy, a first ODI call-up was always on the cards for Krunal Pandya. The left-hander had a grand average of 129 in the tournament, scoring 2 centuries in the tournament for Baroda.
There were absolutely some doubts about the Indian batting being a little bit of light in the first ODI against England in Pune, as Krunal Pandya played as a batsman who could bowl a bit. However, the 29-year-old put all such impression to bed.
Krunal Pandya stroked accelerate 50 ever by an ODI debutant, smashing an unbeaten 58 off just 31 balls. In the technique, the left-hander, along with KL Rahul, provided his team with a much-needed late develop after a mid-innings stammer.
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The senior Pandya’s innings assumed more prominent significance, as India had just lost the wicket of the powerful Hardik Pandya, while KL Rahul was also struggling to time the ball.
With less than a decade of overs left in the Indian innings, the hosts were in danger of finishing with an unremarkable total. But Krunal Pandya had further plans. Flying out of the blocks, the 29-year-old made his intentions clear with three boundaries. Suddenly, Rahul also retrieves his mojo as runs began flowing from both ends.
Thanks to Krunal Pandya and KL Rahul scoring 112 off 57 deliveries, Team India published a competitive 317-5 on the board.
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