Mandeep Singh landed unbeaten 66-run match-winning innings at the crease just two days after his father's death and Kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul said that the mental strength shown by this opener impressed the entire team.
With Mandeep's innings and Chris Gayle's half-century, Punjab registered their fifth consecutive win by defeating Kolkata Knight Riders by eight wickets.
Mandeep's father, playing in place of injured Mayank Agarwal, died last week and attended the funeral via video call.
After the match, Rahul said, "It is very difficult to stay away from family. No one is close to you in a bio-safe environment. The other players in the team are also impressed by the perseverance he (Mandeep) has shown. "He said," Everyone got emotional with the kind of innings he played. He is going through a difficult period. He made his father proud by the way he stayed at the crease and returned to end the match and would be proud of himself. ''