MELBOURNE: flamboyantly versatile India Hardik Pandya Sunday turned emotional, recalling how his late father moved towns to fulfill a young boy’s cricketing dreams.
Si Virat Kohli (82 not out) stole the show with his incredible shot in India’s four-wicket win over Pakistan in their T20 World Cup opener, versatile star Hardik (40) was the perfect ally as the side recovered from a dismal start to emerge victorious.
“I only thought of my father. I did not cry for my father. I love my son, but I don’t know if I will be able to do for him what my father did for me. the dreams of a six and a half year old boy without knowing that I would get to where I am today. So it’s for him,” Hardik said on Star Sports.

“I will be eternally grateful to him. If he hadn’t given me a chance, I wouldn’t be here. He made a big sacrifice, he moved to another city for his children. There were six of us at the time. , and he moved an entire town and his entire business. That was a big thing,” Hardik added, tears in his eyes.

Kohli conjured up a memorable 82-point unbeaten run to anchor a 160-point chase that got tricky after India were left tattered at 31-for-4. While Hardik, India’s most important cog in the T20 wheel, hit 40 of 37 in a partnership of 113 for the fifth wicket.

While the all-rounder wasn’t at his aggressive best, Hardik, who also picked up three wickets with the ball in a fine spell earlier in the day, played an important role in helping Kohli play his natural game ON the other side.

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