Cricket is a gentleman’s game and is a game of deep tradition. It is competitive while also ensuring everyone plays in the right spirit. Innumerable instances of sportsmanship have been seen over the years. With the IPL ongoing, this sort of display is out there.
Instances of Tendulkar walking off before the umpire gave out are clearly etched in our memories. Dhoni recalling Ian Bell after he was given out is also known by all. Today, another Indian superstar gave a glimpse of such fair play. Such moments make the audience love the game more and help a cricketer earn the respect of all present on the ground.
Shikhar Dhawan shows great sportsmanship
In the ongoing game between Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings, Punjab batted first. Shikhar Dhawan opened the batting and was having a slow start. He scored 9 runs of 9 balls. In the 4th over, Lalit Yadav was bowling to him. On the 4th ball of the over, it was a ball outside leg-stump and would invariably be wide. However, Dhawan tried to slap it down the leg-side but did not strike it as he would have liked it. Rishabh Pant collected and the bowler and keeper started to appeal.
Even before the umpire could give a decision as to out or not out, Dhawan commenced his walk bat towards the pavilion. He removed his helmet and opened his gloves and did not wait for the umpire’s decision. He knew he had made contact with the ball and was out. On his way back, he wore a shy smile on his face.
Fans applaud Dhawan
This honesty from Dhawan earned him a good response on Twitter and fans appreciated his integrity. However, some were unhappy with him failing to perform for Punjab. Whatever may be the result, it is certain that this would help Punjab boost its ranking on the Paytm Fair Play Awards. Such kind of sportsmanship makes this a special game and it is the reason why cricket is loved so much.
— James Tyler (@JamesTyler_99) April 20, 2022
Dhawan was looking to make this over big.. Lalit made him do that.. Got a massive wicket in return.. btw great tactic by Pant.. #DCvPBKS #PBKSvsDC #IPL2022
— Moksh Aggarwal (@MokshAggarwal_) April 20, 2022
— Elijah Impey (@BreatheRaina) April 20, 2022
Fucking piece of shit Dhawan wide jati hui ball pe out ho gaya. Doobey mere paise aaj #dream11
— حب برشلونة (@Sarcasticule) April 20, 2022
What a catch by Pant, bowling change works as Lalit gets Dhawan and break the opening partnership.
— 🇮🇳 Sumer veera Viratian 18 (@SumerViratian) April 20, 2022