Virat Kohli has led the tributes for the father of Indian stars Hardik and Krunal Pandya who died on Saturday morning.
Himanshu Pandya died after suffering a heart attack at the age of 71.
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Hardik recently returned from Australia after taking part in the One Day International Series at the end of last year.
His brother, Krunal, is currently playing in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in India.
Virat Kohli leads tributes
Kohli led the tributes and said he was ‘heartbroken’ to hear of the devastating news.
“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,” Kohli tweeted.
“May his soul rest in peace. Stay strong you two.”
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
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 16, 2021
Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar also offered his condolences.
“Really sorry to hear about the demise of your father ... Condolences to your family and friends,” Tendulkar tweeted.
“May God give you strength in these difficult times.”
The cricket community rallied around the family following the tragic death of Himanshu.
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
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 16, 2021
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) January 16, 2021
“Our intentions of letting Hardik and Krunal play cricket from a very young age was questioned and criticised by many. But we were not willing to change our plans, and it’s great to see what they have achieved now”
- Himanshu Pandya. RIP 🙏 pic.twitter.com/iN6Vd5vDFE
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) January 16, 2021
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