Watch: Hardik Pandya gets emotional as he remembers his father after India-Pakistan clash

Hardik Pandya became emotional after the game against Pakistan as he spoke about his father with home broadcasters.

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Hardik Pandya (source: Twitter)

Hardik Pandya Hardik Pandya (source: Twitter)

On Sunday, Team India defeated Pakistan by four wickets in the opening game of the 20-20 World Cup 2022 in Melbourne. Ravichandran Ashwin held his nerve to guide the side to victory with a run needed to win the game in a dramatic finish that came down to the final delivery.

Virat Kohli, however, led the Indian comeback after a poor start to the innings, remaining unbeaten on 82 off just 53 balls to ensure India crossed the finish line. India was struggling at 31/4 in 6.1 overs in the 160-run chase when Kohli was joined in the middle by all-rounder Hardik Pandya. The pair put on a 113-run fifth-wicket stand, with Hardik scoring an important 40.

While the all-rounder struggled to find his rhythm with his otherwise aggressive style of play, Pandya was crucial in partnering with Kohli and allowing the batter to play his natural game at the other end. Pandya was out on the first delivery of the final over, but Kohli and Ashwin eventually ensured the team won.

I will be grateful forever: Hardik Pandya

While the former Indian captain shed a tear after the victory, Hardik Pandya also became emotional after the game as he spoke with home broadcasters, Star Sports. Hardik could be seen teary-eyed in a video that went viral on Twitter following the game, remembering his late father's sacrifices made during the former's early childhood.

"Agar vo mujhe khelne ka mauka nahi dete, toh main idhar nahi khada hota. Itna bada sacrifice karna, bacchon ke liye poora city shift karna. Main nahi kar sakta, main apne bacchon se bohot pyaar karta hu. Unke liye sab kar lunga, but uss samay pe jab 6 saal ke the dono bhai, tab city aur business sab shift karna.. bohot badi baat hai. I will be grateful forever (If he hadn't given me a chance, I won't be standing here. He made a big sacrifice, he shifted to a different city for his kids. I love my kids so much but I can't do that. We were six at that time, and he shifted an entire city and his entire business. It was a big thing)," Hardik said as he turned emotional.

Here is Hardik Pandya's video

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