A day after Krunal Pandya’s emotional ODI debut for India, younger brother Hardik Pandya paid an emotional tribute to the former on his birthday on Wednesday. Krunal’s mesmerizing cameo of 58 on debut has now become the fastest ODI half-century on debut. Following his knock, the Baroda lad broke down in tears, in memory of his late father.
Hardik wrote in his tweet, “We’re on this journey together bhai right from the start ❤️ The highs, the lows, I’m lucky to have you by my side. Happy birthday big bro 🤗 @krunalpandya24.”
Krunal received his debut cap from Hardik ahead of the first ODI against England on Tuesday. He raised it towards the sky remembering his father who passed away recently. After India’s innings, Krunal fought tears as he dedicated his knock to his late father.
Krunal’s unbeaten 58 came at a crucial stage for India, which helped the hostst to get past the 300-run mark. A unbeaten 112 runs partnership with KL Rahul, saw India post the mammoth total of 317 in Pune. Although, Shikhar Dhawan was adjudged the man of the match, Krunal’s emotional knock touched every Indian’s heart.