Team India captain Virat Kohli and opening batsman KL Rahul came forward to offer homage to all-rounder Krunal and Hardik Pandya’s father Himanshu, who passed away on Saturday morning due to a cardiac arrest.
The news was confirmed by the Baroda Cricket Association as Krunal, who was leading Baroda in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali (T20) tournament, left the bio-secure bubble to be with his family.
“Yes, Krunal Pandya has left the bubble. It is a personal tragedy, Baroda Cricket Association mourns this loss of Hardik and Krunal,” Baroda Cricket Association CEO Shishir Hattangadi was quoted as saying by ANI.
Taking to the micro-blogging site, Kohli wrote: “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. @hardikpandya7 @krunalpandya24.”
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. @hardikpandya7 @krunalpandya24
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 16, 2021
Rahul, on the other hand, wrote that losing a parent is one of the most difficult moments in one’s life and expressed deepest condolences to the Pandya family.
“Losing a parent is one of the most difficult moments in one’s life. A father, guide, full of joy, Himanshu Pandya was a wonderful human being. Hardik and Krunal, my heartfelt condolences in this moment of grief. Strength to your family in this difficult moment. RIP uncle,” tweeted the Karnataka lad.
Losing a parent is one of the most difficult moments in one's life. A father, guide, full of joy, Himanshu Pandya was a wonderful human being. Hardik and Krunal, my heart felt condolences in this moment of grief. Strength to your family in this difficult moment.
RIP uncle 🙏🏽
— K L Rahul (@klrahul11) January 16, 2021
Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, women cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur and Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan among others also paid heartfelt tributes to the Pandya family via Twitter.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 16, 2021
— Harmanpreet Kaur (@ImHarmanpreet) January 16, 2021
My brother @hardikpandya7 & @krunalpandya24 ,please accept my condolences. The death of any loved parent is an incalculable lasting blow. I feel your pain but I’m sure you will overcome this pain.He left a great man like you behind. Be strong and keep making him proud. #RIPUncle
— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) January 16, 2021
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) January 16, 2021
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) January 16, 2021
— Hanuma vihari (@Hanumavihari) January 16, 2021
Dear Hardik and Krunal, terribly sorry to hear about the passing of your father. Just can’t imagine what you must be going through. Condolence to the entire family. GOD rest his soul😔
— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) January 16, 2021
Really sad to hear of the passing away of your father @hardikpandya7 @krunalpandya24..May god give you strength to deal with this very difficult situation..My deepest condolences to the family..OM Shanti OM 🙏🙏 RIP uncle
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 16, 2021
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) January 16, 2021
A loved ones 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. #rip
— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) January 16, 2021
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 family. May god give you strength to pass through this difficult time @krunalpandya24 @hardikpandya7
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) January 16, 2021
My deepest sympathies to @hardikpandya7 @krunalpandya24 and the entire family. Your father was a wonderful person, deeply shocked by his passing. May his soul rest in peace and may God give you strength to bear the irreparable loss🙏🙏
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) January 16, 2021
— Mayank Agarwal (@mayankcricket) January 16, 2021