Cricket is a game where rising competition is witnessing an elevated aggressiveness, with instances of sledging and slurring becoming commonplace. However, the next generation of the ‘Gentlemen’s game’ time and again shows that the ‘spirit of the game’ is still alive.
Jesse Tashkoff and Joseph Field of New Zealand won everyone’s hearts by carrying West Indian batsman Kirk McKenzie off the field in what was a heartwarming act.
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) January 29, 2020
It all unfolded during the West Indies’ innings, when McKenzie, the last man standing, was dismissed for 99 in the 48th over. Immediately after, the batsman was seen falling down and clutching his right leg.
Although he initially tried to somehow wobble his way out of the stadium, Kirk required some help from the Kiwis. Tashkoff and Field first tried to give a shoulder to the West Indian before finally lifting him off the pitch. Their generous gesture was applauded by the spectators, including the West Indian coach.
In a post acknowledging the gesture, Tendulkar tweeted that spirit had been important to him apart from praising the ‘lovely gesture’.
“The Spirit of Cricket is a value that has always been very important to me personally. This lovely gesture by the U19 New Zealand team just warmed my heart,” his Tweet read.
The Spirit of Cricket is a value that has always been very important to me personally. This lovely gesture by the U19 New Zealand team just warmed my heart. https://t.co/TG9VOtjXDx
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 30, 2020
Likewise, Rohit Sharma, who helped Team India to its first-ever T20I series win in New Zealand, was also impressed by the gesture.
“So good to see this #SpiritOfCricket at its best,” he tweeted.
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) January 30, 2020
Talking about Rohit and New Zealand, the Hitman guided the Men in Blue to a dramatic victory in the Super Over by hitting two consecutive sixes off the final balls.