Team India's star all-rounder Hardik Pandya and his elder brother Krunal Pandya have been hit hard. Actually, the father of these two stars of Indian cricket has passed away. His father died of a heart attack. Hardik reached Baroda in a private jet where his father breathed his last. Hardik is away from cricket these days. At the same time, his elder brother Krunal Pandya is playing in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Hardik's father Himanshu Pandya ran a car finance business in Surat, which he had to shut down when he moved to Vadodara with the family. At that time, Hardik was 5 years old. Father did this so that Hardik could be given better cricket training. Hardik Pandya had recently returned to Australia for his ODI and T20 series tour, while his brother Krunal is leading the Baroda team in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Hardik was adjudged Man of the Series in the ODI series in Australia.
Father's efforts made Hardik an international star
On coming to Vadodara, both Hardik and Krunal were enrolled by their father in the academy of former Indian wicketkeeper Kiran More. His father's effort was a step towards making both his sons a better cricketer. The father once told that Hardik Pandya used to be a leg-spinner till the age of 18, but later he started fast bowling at the behest of Baroda coach Sanat Kumar. And now even with his bat, he has written many unmatched scripts of victory for Team India. Today Hardik is counted among the finest all-rounders in international cricket, so his father's decision and his hard work have contributed to this.
Pandya family mourning father's death
Hardik Pandya is expected to return to cricket from the series against England. Keeping in mind the preparations for this series, he also decided not to play in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Hardik Pinta was made only a few months ago. His house was buzzing. But now the sudden death of father has shaken him and his family. After this news, Hardik's elder brother Krunal, playing in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, has also left the Baroda team and returned home.