New Delhi:Himanshu Pandya, father of Indian cricketers Hardik and Krunal Pandya, passed away on Saturday at Vadodara after suffering a cardiac attack. He was 71.Himanshu Pandya suffered a heart attack and could not survive.
Elder brother Krunal, who was leading the Baroda team in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Trophy, left the team's bio-bubble to reach back home.According to Espncricinfo, Hardik, who was preparing for the white-ball series against England, has also left Mumbai to go to Vadodara.
Notably, Hardik and Krunal have often spoken about their fathers' contribution in supporting their careers as professional cricketers. Both cricketers have represented India and the Mumbai Indians in the IPL.
Indian cricket fraternity led by legendary Sachin Tendulkar and current captain Virat Kohli mourned the sudden demise of Krunal and Hardik Pandya's father."Really sorry to hear about the demise of your father Kurnal & Hardik. Condolences to your family and friends. May God give you strength in these difficult times," tweeted Sachin Tendulkar.
In a tweet, Kohli said that it is heartbroken to hear the news."Heartbroken to hear about the demise of Hardik and Krunal's dad. Spoke to him a couple of times, looked a joyful and full of life person. May his soul rest in peace. Stay strong you two," the India captain, who is away on a paternity leave, wrote.
Irfan Pathan and his brother Yusuf, both former India and Baroda players, also expressed their condolences."Remember meeting uncle for the first time at Motibagh. He was so keen for his sons to play good cricket. My condolences to You and your family. May God give you the strength to pass through this difficult time," Irfan Pathan tweeted.
"A loved one passing away is never an easy moment for anyone. I sincerely admire the sacrifices uncle made for his sons @krunalpandya24 @hardikpandya7. Condolences to his family and dear ones at this tough time," Yusuf tweeted."Heartfelt condolences to Hardik and Krunal. May your fathers' soul RIP!" tweeted India off-spinner R Ashwin.(UNI)