If Virat Kohli (82 not out) stole the limelight with his incredible knock in India’s four-wicket win over Pakistan in their T20 World Cup opener star all-rounder Hardik (40) was the perfect ally as the team recovered from a dismal start to emerge victorious.
“I just thought about my father. I didn’t cry about 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. He moved cities for A six-and-a-half-year-old boy’s dreams without knowing I would get to where I am today. So this is for him,” Hardik said on Star Sports.
“I will be forever grateful. If he didn’t give me a chance, I wouldn’t be standing here. He made a big sacrifice, he moved to another city for his children. We was six at the time, and he was moving an entire city and his entire business. It was a big deal,” added a tearful Hardik.
Kohli conjured up a memorable unbeaten knock of 82 runs to anchor a chase of 160, which became difficult after India were left in tatters at 31 for 4. While Hardik, the most important cog in India’s T20 wheel, hit 40 off 37 balls in a partnership. of 113 for the fifth wicket.
While the all-rounder was not at his aggressive best, Hardik, who earlier in the day also picked up three wickets with the ball in good time, did play an important role in helping Kohli impart his natural game to others side to play.