The ongoing third test between India and South Africa is in the news for all the unwanted reasons, such as a crumbling pitch and the equivalent criticism that has come along with it. However, there was one brief moment, which has made this game a very unforgettable one. It involved South African skipper Hashim Amla during the early part of Day 2.
R. Ashwin was on fire from the very first over, as he bowled a venomous spell to the Proteas batsmen. In the very first over of the day, he accounted for the dismissal of Dean Elger. In the third over of the day (12th over), Hashim Amla tried to sweep an off break delivery from Ashwin. It was well tossed up, and Amla went for the sweep shot.
However, the ball hit Amla’s arm first, before brushing his bat and popping above the keeper’s head. The ball then bounced off the shoulders of Wriddhiman Saha, before Ajinkya Rahane positioned at first slip took the catch. The Indians appealed for the catch, but it wasn’t a fully convinced appeal.
In a display of touching sportsmanship, Amla himself walked off, thus proving that the ball had made contact with his bat. The umpire did not even need to raise his finger as Amla walked off. It was a moment of rarity as in the current era; it is very unusual for players to walk. It was a moment, for which Hashim Amla will always be respected. It is moments like these, which make cricket a gentleman’s game.
Below, is the video of Amla walking off after being dismissed.
A moment of sportsmanship during the 3rd Test between India and South Africa at Nagpur
Posted by Cricket Videos on Wednesday, 25 November 2015