World news – After a record of fifty on debut, Krunal Pandya collapses and remembers the late father

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Krunal collapsed after being interviewed by the host broadcaster after unbeaten 58 (31 balls).

Published: March 23, 2021 18:37 |

Last updated: March 23, 2021, 6:37 pm

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India’s Krunal Pandya celebrates after half a century in the first ODI game against England on March 23, 2021 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium in Pune. (Photo | AFP)

PUNE: Indian batsman Krunal Pandya beat the fastest fifty of an ODI debutant in the first game against England on Tuesday and remembers his father who died after a heart attack in January this year .

The 30-year-old Krunal was awarded the Indian hat by his younger brother and star all-rounder Hardik.

He reached the half-century mark in just 26 balls and overtook John Morris (35 balls) from New Zealand.

Krunal collapsed when he was interviewed by the broadcaster after his unbeaten stroke of 58 (31 balls), which was occupied by seven fours and two sixes.

« This one is for my father » , was all Krunal could say to commentator Murali Kartik when asked about his unbeaten blow before he was overwhelmed by emotion.

In January, he had an ugly argument with state colleague Deepak Hooda, who played the Baroda Captain bes accused of bullying him during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy camp.

After that, Hooda left the camp and was subsequently banned for the entire season by the Baroda team management, who supported Krunal in this matter.

Weeks after the controversy, Krunal lost his father Himanshu and had to leave the bio-bubble of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy to be with his family.

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