Vishnu Solanki stopped a boundary by a terrific fielding effort at Vikas Cricket Ground in Cuttack. A lot to the cluelessness of his team-mates, the player was requested to come back to the dressing-room by the Baroda team manager Dharmendra Arothe. A shattering information awaited Solanki there; his father had passed away.
“Later, we came to know that his father passed away,” Baroda captain Kedar Devdhar recounted after their Ranji Trophy game on Sunday, including: “Vishnu saw his father’s final rites in one corner of the dressing room, on a video call. It was actually tough for him, however the braveness he showed has been outstanding.”
Solanki has been going by one of many toughest phases of his life. Ten days ago, he lost his newborn, when the infant baby died only a day after she was born. Skipping the earlier Ranji Trophy match and joining the team late for this game against Chandigarh had been regular. Upon reaching Cuttack, he needed to undergo a five-day quarantine. Solanki went on to score a century.
The Baroda Cricket Association stood by the batsman, the state association secretary Ajit Lele informing that Solanki was given the choice to return home.
Devdhar mentioned that the team provided help to Solanki and requested him whether or not he wished to travel again. Nonetheless, his father’s physique couldn’t be kept within the morgue for long. With Solanki’s elder brother performing the final rites, he determined to look at it on videocall.
“His father was sick for the past two months and was in hospital. He had been dealing with a medical emergency. Vishnu wouldn’t have been able to attain home on time even when he tried. However hats off to him that he played cricket and excelled, carrying an overload of grief,” Devdhar mentioned.
When he rejoined the squad after the passing away of his newborn baby, the team handed him a signed note, lauding his willpower and braveness. “Little did we all know that one other tragedy would unfold so quickly,” mentioned the Baroda captain.
As issues occurred immediately, it provided a throwback to Virat Kohli turning up for a Ranji game on the same day of his father’s demise.