It takes a lot of mental fortitude and courage to do what Kings XI Punjab batsman Mandeep Singh did during his sides’ fixture against the SunRisers Hyderabad on Monday, October 26.
Mandeep’s ailing father had sadly passed away on the eve of the match but despite that, the 28-year-old put the teams’ cause ahead of his personal loss and went out to open the innings alongside his skipper KL Rahul.
Mandeep managed a 17-ball 14 before he was dismissed by Sandeep Sharma. But the Punjab batsman made amends in the next game itself as he scored an unbeaten 66 to help KXIP notch up an eight-wicket win.
Mandeep Singh was rightly adjudged the ‘Player of the Match’, where he went on to dedicate his unbeaten match-winning knock to his late father, someone who used to always encourage the 28-year-old to stay not-out.
”This was very special. My father always used to tell me to remain not out in every game, definitely special. He always used to tell me, whether you score 100 or 200, you should be not out,” Mandeep Singh said in the post-match presentation.
‘He’s blessing you from above’- Virat Kohli’s message for Mandeep Singh
Mandeep has garnered a lot of praise for the valor that he has shown post the demise of his father. The latest to join the bandwagon is India and RCB skipper Virat Kohli, who lauded the batsman, adding that he is the most genuinely happy cricketer that he has ever come across, in his latest Instagram story.
“The most genuinely happy cricketer I know. To do what you’ve done in this testing time is because of your faith in live and your positive attitude. Well played shera. He’s blessing you from above. @mandeeps12 Lion hearted,” Kohli wrote in his Instagram story,” wrote Virat Kohli.
Here’s what Virat Kohli posted –