‘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.
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. ‘It is a proud moment for the family, and an emotional one as well,’ Kartik said.
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.