Himanshu, father of Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya has passed away on Saturday after cardiac arrest.
Hardik Pandya father passed Away
Hardik and Krunal have often spoken about their parents’ contribution in supporting their careers as professional cricketers.
According to Hardik, Himanshu was running a small car finance business in Surat but he shut it down and moved to Vadodara to help his sons get better access to training facilities.
Krunal Pandya has left the bubble in order to be with his family and as a result, he would not be playing for Baroda in the ongoing Indian T20 tournament.
“Yes, Krunal Pandya has left the bubble. It is a personal tragedy, Baroda Cricket Association mourns this loss of Hardik and Krunal,” Baroda Cricket Association CEO Shishir Hattangadi told ANI.
Hardik and Krunal Pandya Father Himanshu Pandya Passed Away.
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Himanshu View on Pandya brothers
“Whenever I speak about Hardik and Krunal, I cannot control my tears and that they have done so well is God’s gift. Our intentions of letting them play cricket from a very young age was questioned and criticized by many relatives. But we were not willing to change our plans, and it is great to see what they have achieved now,” Himanshu Pandya had told MI TV in an interview.
Krunal Leads Baroda in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021
Meanwhile, Krunal Pandya was leading Baroda in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021 campaign in Vadodara. Pitching in with all-round performances (4 wickets and 77 runs from 2 innings), Krunal had lead Baroda to the top of Elite C Group with 3 wins from as many games.
Hardik prepares for the upcoming England series
Hardik did not choose to play Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy as he had begun preparations for the limited-overs series against England. He had returned to India last month after the limited-overs series in Australia.
During the break between the series, Hardik had been spending time with his wife Natasa Stankovic and their newborn.