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Hardik Pandya leaves his father speechless with this ‘surprise gift’

Hardik Pandya gifted his father an expensive car. This was Hardik Pandya’s way to celebrate his maiden Test ton in Sri Lanka

cricket Updated: Aug 17, 2017 15:08 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Hardik Pandya,Krunal Pandya,Pandya brothers
Hardik Pandya (right) and brother Krunal have been part of the Mumbai Indians in the last two seasons of the Indian Premier League (IPL), with this year’s edition proving to be a landmark one for both.(Getty Images)

They say fast bowlers hunt in pairs. Perhaps, it stands true for brothers as well. However, it was a pleasant pairing for Himanshu Pandya, the proud father of cricketers Hardik Pandya and Krunal, as the Indian cricket team all-rounder gifted him a car following his debut ton against Sri Lanka.

Krunal took up the responsibility to accompany his father to the car showroom while Hardik was on a video call from the other end.

Vividly emotional, it took a while for his father to realise that his 23-year-old son had gifted him a car as a surprise. While everyone congratulated him, Krunal hands him the phone, asking him to speak to Hardik, and what followed was a barrage of “Love you” from the veteran.

It indeed was an emotional moment for the Pandya brothers as well, who had to work hard to find their way up the ranks and become recognised faces across the country.

In a series of tweets, Hardik wrote: “(Sic) the happiness in life & deserves the credit, my dad! He was the one who left everything what he had for me & @krunalpandya_official and which takes a lot of courage to do. Only for our careers and I can’t thank him enough for all he has done. So that’s a small surprise for him which made me cry. family is life and special mention to my brother @vibsnasir for getting this done when I was not around.”

The duo played for Mumbai Indians in the last couple of seasons with the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) being a breakthrough year for both the players. However, while Krunal, a slow left-arm spinner, is yet to make the cut for the national team, his brother has already cemented his position in the side, earning a pat on the back from skipper Virat Kohli himself.

A few have also compared his all-round abilities to the likes of the legendary Kapil Dev, although he recently quashed those claims, stating he wasn’t even 10% of the veteran.

It hasn’t been an easy road to success for the duo though. In a talk show recently, Hardik had revealed how he had to survive on Maggi during his under-19 days as the financial situation called for it. “During U-19 days, my diet would be Maggi, both in the morning and evening. I was a big fan of Maggi and the situation was also like that. It was difficult to maintain a diet, financially it was a problem. Now I can eat whatever I want, but that time there were many problems in the family, especially financial issues,” he said.

“My father was the only earning person at home. He suffered a heart attack — not one but two and that too within one night. He almost got another attack six months later, but we were glad we reached the hospital in time. The financial problems started at that time ... we had no savings and perhaps we spent more than what we earned,” Hardik had revealed.

First Published: Aug 17, 2017 12:22 IST