On Saturday evening, when Kings XI Punjab batsman Mandeep Singh geared up to open the innings against Sunrisers Hyderabad at Dubai International Stadium, UAE, it was an emotional walk for him to the 22-yard-pitch. The right-handed batsman from Jalandhar had lost his father 68-year-old former athletics coach Hardev Singh Friday night and attended the last rites through a video call Saturday afternoon.
The Kings XI Punjab team took to the field wearing black arm bands to mourn the death of Hardev Singh, a former district sports officer with Punjab sports department who had been suffering from liver infection and was on ventilator support at a Mohali hospital where he breathed his last.
On Saturday, Mandeep played a knock of 17 runs off 14 balls. While social media hailed Mandeep’s dedication and grit, his elder brother Harvinder Singh said it was the toughest decision that the Punjab batsman had ever taken.