IPL: From MS Dhoni to Suresh Raina, how sportsmanship prevailed over rivalry
From MS Dhoni to Suresh Raina, sportsmanship spirit has come to the fore in IPL 2017, reaffirming cricket’s status as the gentleman’s gameipl 2017 Updated: May 06, 2017 19:03 IST
Time and again, cricketers have proved that cricket is truly a gentleman’s game. There have been brawls, heated exchanges, verbal volleys at the end of a game and sledging on the field but there have also been a number of instances which have restored faith for fans across the globe. (FULL IPL 2017 COVERAGE)
While the heated banters often add the much needed spice that a nail-biting finish deserves, the gentlemanly conduct is what keeps the game in good spirit. (IPL 2017 SCHEDULE)
In the past, captains have called back dismissed batsmen, bowlers have apologized for unwanted beamers, fielders have admitted that they failed to hold on to a catch and so on. (IPL 2017 RESULTS)
The list is endless. In the ongoing IPL season as well, fans have been treated to such situations. Here’s a list of the top five ones:
Amla walks back with no one appealing
It was in the fifth ball of the first over when Hashim Amla nicked one to Kedar Jadhav off Aniket Choudhary.
Replays suggested that the ball had taken the faintest of edges and neither the bowler nor the ‘keeper went for an appeal but that didn’t deter Amla from holding himself back.
No sooner had Jadhav held on to the catch that the South African started walking back to the pavilion, dismissed having scored just one.
Raina consoles Pant
It was brutal power hitting from Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant that helped Delhi Daredevils chase down the mammoth 209-run target set by Gujarat Lions.
However, with just 30 require off 33 deliveries and Pant batting on 97, he went looking for his 10th six of the night but nicked one on to Dinesh Karthik.
A vividly distraught Pant stood in disbelief and while the entire Gujarat Lions team was celebrating the dismissal, captain Suresh Raina stepped up, went up to Pant and gave him a few pats of appreciation. It was an incredible gesture given he knew that the match was lost but still played the role of the senior pro.
Dhoni walks back even before umpire gives him out
The former Indian captain was batting on five off eight balls when he nicked one behind against Kolkata Knight Riders in their recent encounter.
His team still needed 17 off 24 balls and although it took a faint edge, MS Dhoni didn’t bother to look at what the umpire had in his mind.
He knew he had nicked it and started walking back immediately. Dhoni has managed to woo his fans with a number of such gestures over the years and this was no different with the act earning him a lot of plaudits across social media.
Warner hands over shoe to Basil Thampi
Sunrisers Hyderabad required 48 off 61 deliveries to win their game against Gujarat Lions and though everyone was dead serious on the pitch as the match wasn’t completely heading one-way at that moment, David Warner reminded the lot that one can have fun even during such close situations.
Basil Thampi had bowled a 140kmph delivery to Moises Henriques who greeted it with a gentle push but as the ball was going past the bowler, Thampi lunged to his right to stop the single but instead lost his footwear.
The run was on, but Warner handed the shoe over to Thampi before completing it and the gesture sent everyone in splits across the stadium.
Buttler-Patel don’t run after Lynn’s injury
Mumbai Indians were going at 10 runs per over when Jos Buttler tried to launch Chris Woakes over long-on for his second consecutive six in the fourth over during their clash at the Wankhede Stadium.
It wasn’t well-timed and thus, although the ball went high up, it was always going to fall short of the ropes. Chris Lynn, who was fielding at mid-off, ran behind and put in a dive, but instead of pulling off a spectacular catch, hurt his shoulder in the process.
The ball rolled over and stopped just short of the rope and while the entire KKR team was concerned with Lynn calling on the physios, no one realized that the ball wasn’t dead. However, the openers, who had run two by then, didn’t take any run once they realized the scenario before Pathan came and picked up the ball.