Veteran India leg-spinner Piyush Chawla has lost his father, Pramod Kumar Chawla, on Monday from Covid-19. He took to Instagram to announce this unfortunate news. Piyush Chawla revealed that his father tussled with the deadly virus and its post complications, and finally breathed his last on Monday.
“life won’t be same without him anymore, lost my pillar of strength today,” Piyush Chawla captioned his post with an image of his father inviting thoughts and prayers from the fans.
Father of Piyush Chawla passed away due to Covid-19:
Piyush Chawla, part of the IPL title-winning Kolkata Knight Riders side in 2014, was bought by Mumbai Indians in the February auction for IPL 2021. However, he couldn’t make it into the eleven so far in 7 games as Rahul Chahar continued with his impressive form before the tournament was suspended due to the covid-19 outbreak in 4 franchises.
The 32-year-old leg-spinner was part of India’s 2011 World Cup-winning squad as well. However, he hasn’t played any international match since 2012. Piyush Chawla has also shifted his base from Uttar Pradesh to Gujarat.
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Chetan Sakariya’s father passed away due to Covid-19:
Kanjibhai Sakariya, the father of Rajasthan Royals pacer Chetan Sakariya, passed away on Sunday in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, due to Covid-19. Kanjibhai had tested positive while Chetan, who was bought by the Royals for INR 1.2 crore, was playing in IPL 2021.
After the suspension of the tournament, the left-arm seamer went to his home and had little time to be with his father before he died in the hospital. Kanjibhai is the second family member Sakariya has lost this year – earlier his younger brother, Rahul, had died of suicide.
The 23-year-old was impressive in the IPL 2021 so far – in 7 matches he had picked 7 wickets, including those of KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu and Nitish Rana, at a decent economy of 8.22. On his debut, against the Punjab Kings, Sakariya returned with figures of 3/31 in a game where over 400 runs were scored.
Amongst other players, MS Dhoni and R Ashwin’s family members had also contracted the virus. Women’s batter Veda Krishnamurthy lost both her mother and sister to the covid-19.