On Saturday, Indian cricketers Krunal and Hardik's father Himanshu Pandya passed away at their home in Vadodara. Himanshu suffered a carried arrest and could not be revived.
Both national team cricketers have spoken about their parents' sacrifice and contribution in supporting their careers. In Surat, where Hardik was born in 1993, Himanshu ran a small car finance business which he eventually shut down and shifted to Vadodara when his second son was five. Himanshu did so in order to provide his sons with better cricket training facilities.
Following their move to Vadodara, Himanshu enrolled both Hardik and Krunal into Kiran More's cricket academy. It has been revealed the Pandya family lived in a rented apartment in Gorwa and both the brothers used to travel to the academy in a second-hand car.
At present, Krunal, who is playing in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy as Baroda skipper, left the bio-bubble to be with his family. He would not be playing for Baroda in the ongoing Indian domestic T20 tournament.
Hardik, on the other hand, opted out of the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy as he began his training for the upcoming white-ball series against England. Prior to that, Hardik was spending time with his wife Natasa Stankovic and their newborn son Aagastya.
The Pandya brothers won the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League with Mumbai Indians for a record fifth time, after which Hardik travelled to Australia for the ODI and T20I series, whereas, Krunal returned to India.