On Sunday, famous all-around India player Hardik Pandya became emotional as he recalled how his late father moved to fulfill a boy’s dream of selling tickets.
While Virat Kohli (82 not out) stole the show with his incredible strike in India’s four-goal win over Pakistan in their T20 World Cup opener, the versatile star Hardik (40 runs) is the perfect ally as the team recovers from a dismal start to emerge.
“I only think of my father. I don’t cry for my father. I love my son, but I don’t know if I can do for him what my father did for me. He moved towns for a six-and-a-half year old boy’s dream without knowing that I would be where I am today. So it’s for him,” said Hardik.
“I will be forever grateful. If he hadn’t given me a chance, I wouldn’t be here. He made a big sacrifice, moving to another city for his children. There were six of us at the time, and he moved the entire town and his entire business. It’s a big thing,” added teary Hardik.
While the all-rounder wasn’t at his peak, Hardik, who also picked up three ball strikes in a spell earlier in the day, played a key role in helping Kohli play naturally.
Kohli produced a memorable 82-run unbeaten streak to sustain a tough 160 chase after India were left behind 31 to 4. While Hardik, the most important cog in the T20’s wheel of India, scored 40 out of 37 in a partnership of 113.
- Hardik Pandya is overcome with emotion as he remembers his late father’s sacrifices.
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