‘Will Krunal play for India?’, Pandya brothers’ coach reveals their late father’s concern


Krunal Pandya had a superb ODI debut for India as he smashed 58 runs off 31 balls and in addition took a wicket.

Krunal Pandya fifty
Krunal Pandya fifty. (Picture by Surjeet Yadav/Getty Pictures)

Krunal Pandya made his ODI debut within the first match in opposition to England in Pune on Tuesday. Like a number of different debutants for India in latest instances, Krunal additionally went on to have an excellent begin to his ODI profession. His long-time coach Jitendra Singh talked about how the late father of Krunal, had a dream for him to get again within the Indian nationwide group.

Popping out to bat at no.7, Krunal smashed 58 runs off simply 31 balls, guiding India’s rating effectively previous 300. His arrival on the crease and counter-attacking batting additionally allowed KL Rahul to settle in earlier than the pair cast a match-winning partnership of 112 runs from simply 57 balls. Krunal additionally picked up the wicket of Sam Curran later within the match. 

Speaking about Krunal’s late father’s ambition, his coach revealed how Himanshu Pandya would typically enquire whether or not his elder son can as soon as once more make it to the Indian group. “’Inform me truthfully, will Krunal play for India? Khelega yeh?’ is what his father used to ask. Not many know that greater than Hardik, it was Krunal that his father Himanshu Bhai dreamt would play for India. I can perceive the place KP’s emotional reactions got here from,” Jitendra Singh mentioned as quoted by the Indian Specific. 

Monetary troubles meant Krunal Pandya was distressed: Jitendra Singh

After reaching his maiden ODI fifty, Krunal couldn’t deal with his emotion and some tears rolled down his cheeks whereas he was speaking to the broadcasters. He was additionally seen hugging his brother Hardik and breaking down. Their father had handed away simply a few months in the past. Since his father’s loss of life, Krunal has reworked his profession breaking into the ODI group after some strong performances within the Vijay Hazare Trophy. 

Throughout interplay with Indian Specific, Krunal and Hardik’s coach Jitendra aka Jeetubhai talked in regards to the difficulties which that household confronted when the 2 boys had been younger. He defined that Krunal, being the elder brother needed to take household duties which stored him distracted for some time. 

“Himanshubhai’s coronary heart assault was the primary blow. Then his enterprise went down. The cash dried up. One dream he had was about Krunal enjoying for India. Hardik was nonetheless younger, then. However the monetary troubles meant Krunal was distressed and distracted. He was younger however the elder son. Because the years glided by, particularly throughout monetary troubles, he began to float. ‘Paisa kahan sey aayega (the place will the cash come from), how will the family run, ought to I get an everyday job as soon as I develop up? Ideas like that,” coach Jitendra mentioned. 

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