Once again, New Zeland showed the Spirit of Cricket as a way for other cricketers to emulate. This time, the display of benevolence happened during the U-19 World Cup match where New Zealand players took the injured West Indies' batsman off the field.
It is still fresh in our memory for all the praise given by Indian captain Virat Kohli on New Zealand for their affable demeanour saying Kiwis players are great ambassadors for the sport.
In the U-19 World Cup Quarterfinals, New Zealand's Jesse Tashkoff and pacer Joseph Field made the heartwarming gesture during the quarter-final and they took the injured Windies batter, Kirk McKenzie, off the field. In the wake of this incident, the hashtag #spiritofcricket is going viral on Twitter.
The incident took place during the 48th over of the West Indies' innings. McKenzie was the final batsman to be dismissed. However, the batter found it difficult to walk off the field due to cramps. It was then that the New Zealand players decided to carry the player off the field.
Cricket World Cup's official handle posted the video of the incident and captioned the post as, "An outstanding show of sportsmanship earlier today in the game between West Indies and New Zealand. This act was hailed by former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum and current Kiwi all-rounder Jimmy Neesham. "Authentic example," McCullum tweeted.
"Fantastic work lads! Great to see," Neesham tweeted. New Zealand managed to defeat West Indies in the quarter-final. In a thrilling encounter, Kiwis managed to win the match by two wickets.
Chasing 238, Kiwis won the match in the last over. At once stage, New Zealand was struggling after being reduced to 153/8. In the end, Joey Field (38*) and Kristian Clarke (46*) took the Kiwis over the line.
Now the side will face the winner of the quarter-final clash between South Africa and Bangladesh.
This unbelievable show of empathy towards opponents on the battlefield by New Zealand team was expressed openly by Indian Captain Kohli recently. In the pre-match press conference Just before the start of T20 series against New Zealand recently, Indian captain Virat Kohli said he could not think himself about a revenge against Kiwis though India take on New Zealand after Kiwis beat India in the ODI World Cup last year. The Black Caps defeated pre-tournament favourites India by 18 runs in the semifinals of the showpiece in England and Friday’s tour-opening T20 International is the first clash between the two sides since then.
Kohli added: “Even if you want to think of revenge, these guys are so nice you cannot get into that zone,” said Kohli at the pre-match press conference. “We get along really well with these guys and it’s all about being competitive on the field. As I said in England, they are probably one side that has set the example for teams to play international cricket”.
“...they obviously want to bring out the best they can in every ball and every game, they are intense in their body language, they are not nasty, they are not doing things which are not acceptable on the field,” he pointed out. In the five match T-20 series India already registered a victory with a clean sweep of 3-0 against New Zealand in the first three matches.