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IPL 2020: Kings XI Punjab Players Pay Touching Tribute To Mandeep Singh’s Late Father

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On Saturday, in a touching gesture, the Kings XI Punjab players wore black armbands during their Indian Premier League 2020 match against SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) as a tribute (Opener) Mandeep Singh’s Late Father, who died Friday night.

“Lost his father last night, but Mandy’s out here to open! Way to go, Mandy #SaddaPunjab #IPL2020 #KXIP #KXIPvSRH,” Kings XI Punjab announced on its Twitter page.

“Brave of Mandeep to turn up for the game tonight. Lost his father…yet, he’s here putting up a brave face—strength to you and family. Deepest condolences,” tweeted Aakash Chopra (former India opening batsman).

28-year-old Mandeep was drafted into KXIP playing XI after missing three games, in which he hadn’t done much. Then he was dropped for the next three games, and on Saturday, he scored just 17 out of 14 balls on his recall.

The tragedy probably affected his concentration on Saturday, as it is not easy to focus after losing his father. Mandeep’s father would have been ill for a long time.

Mandeep opened the heats on Saturday in the absence of Mayank Agarwal, who is in great shape in the 13th edition of the IPL. In the other change in KXIP’s game XI, Chris Jordan replaced James Neesham.