Chandigarh skipper and Rajasthan Royals’ opening batsman Manan Vohra has suffered a significant personal blow after a tense last week. Manan Vohra’s grandfather has lost his life to the COVID-19 virus on Friday. The right-handed batsman’s parents and grandparents tested positive for the disease and while the others recovered, his grandfather, Yash Pal Vohra, 92, could not make it.
Yash Pal Vohra notably played hockey alongside the other greats of the game like Balbir Singh Snr., Dharam Singh and Bakshish Singh in Punjab in the 1950s and 1960s. Yash Pal was amongst the probables for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics; however, he missed out on a berth due to injury. The late Hockey player also served as an administrator in the Chandigarh Olympic Association and Hockey Chandigarh for 25 years.
Manan’s father, Sanjeev Vohra, revealed that the Royals’ batsman wanted to fly home to Panchkula from Delhi for his grandfather’s last rites as he was an inspiration and a driving force. However, Sanjeev advised Manan, who has played for Kings XI Punjab previously, to continue his duties which is what his grandpa would have wanted. Sanjeev also underlined that due to quarantine rules, he could not have been present.
“He (Manan) wanted to fly home from Delhi for his last rites in the middle of IPL. His grandfather was his inspiration and a driving force. But I told him to be there and carry on with his game as his grandfather would have also wanted. If he had come, it would have been difficult for him to join the team back due to quarantine rules,” Sanjeev Vohra said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
Manan Vohra endured an unimpressive run in IPL 2021 thus far:
The management dropped the 27-year old after five games since he had not made any significant contribution, having picked to open the innings. Vohra managed only 42 runs in four matches at 10.50 with a best of 14. His strike rate has been only 107.69 and it looks unlikely he would get an opportunity this year again.