Krunal Pandya: The Indian all-rounder was seen putting on display a lovely Spirit of Cricket moment in the first ODI today.
During the first ODI of the ongoing India’s tour of Sri Lanka in Colombo, India all-rounder Krunal Pandya was involved in a lovely “Spirit of Cricket” moment with Sri Lanka batsman Charith Asalanka.
It all happened on the third delivery of the 22nd over when Sri Lanka vice-captain Dhananjaya de Silva hit a Krunal Pandya delivery back towards the non-striker Asalanka.
In what was nearly going to be a collision between Krunal Pandya and Asalanka, both of them avoided the same primarily due to the non-interest regarding running a single among batsmen.
However, just as Pandya got up after his tumble to collect the ball, he gladly hugged Asalanka as the gesture was appreciated by cricket fans across the world.
Having completed his full quota of overs, Pandya was the most economical Indian bowler with bowling figures of 10-1-26-1 as he forced Dhananjaya de Silva (14) to play an aerial shot in the 25th over.
Earlier, it was Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka who had won the toss and chose to bat. While the Sri Lankan batsmen batted much sensibly as compared to their performance in England, they still managed to enter a spot of bother at the R Premdasa Stadium.
Eventually, it was pacer Chamika Karunaratne who top-scored with his 43* (35) comprising of a four and two sixes as the home team posted a competitive 262/9 in their allotted quota of 50 overs. With bowling figures of 7-1-37-2, Deepak Chahar was the pick of the Indian bowlers.
Krunal Pandya hugs Charith Asalanka in Colombo ODI
Upholding the Spirit of Cricket! 😌
Lovely gesture by Krunal 👏🏽
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How Twitterati reacted:
— Neelabh (@CricNeelabh) July 18, 2021
The discipline, love and care for opponent under Rahul Dravid. pic.twitter.com/U9I8GHpP4Y
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) July 18, 2021
1. Krunal Pandya Before
2. Krunal Pandya Now under Dravid sir. pic.twitter.com/1R4rAKPmDB
— Sai (@akakrcb6) July 18, 2021
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) July 18, 2021
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