Mohammad Hafeez thanks Aaron Finch for a memorable gift to his son; the latter responds
Although Finch had a poor series, his sportsmanship was lauded by one and all.
Published - Oct 30, 2018 1:26 pm | Updated - Oct 30, 2018 1:26 pm
A fan-boy moment is something every aspiring child will remember fondly, and Mohammad Hafeez’s son Roshaan experienced one such moment after the third T20I between Pakistan and Australia on Sunday. The Aussies, led by Aaron Finch, were taking on the hosts Pakistan in a three-match T20I series, looking to turn things around in the shortest format after suffering a 0-1 defeat in the Tests.
However, the Men in Green were too good for Australia as they completed a rare 3-0 whitewash. The once mighty Australians were humiliated in the first T20I in Abu Dhabi after they found themselves all at sea when the scorecard read 22-6 at one stage. The second and third matches were there for the visitors to win, but they once again muddled up in pursuit of relatively low targets.
The hosts were clinical with their all-round performances, with opener Babar Azam leading the charge after scoring more than 150 runs in the series. Meanwhile, the Australian skipper Aaron Finch had a dismal outing in the UAE as he finished with just 4 runs in the series.
Nevertheless, maintaining his excellent sportsmanship, Finch gifted his jersey to Mohammad Hafeez’s son after Pakistan won the third and final T20I in Dubai. Hafeez immediately took to Twitter to thank the big Australian, and wrote, “Thanks @AaronFinch5 to be so nice & kind to my kids, my son Roshaan is so happy to meet u & to have ur playing shirt, stay blessed”
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) October 30, 2018
Aaron Finch was quick to respond to the veteran Pakistan batsman, “My pleasure @MHafeez22”. The Aussie was lauded for his gesture with many taking to Twitter to reiterate how wonderful an individual he is. Australia has had well-documented issues with their win-at-all-costs approach to cricket, and Finch’s gesture comes as a welcome sign of change.
— Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) October 30, 2018
The 31-year old Finch recently became the captain for Australia’s limited-overs sides. However, he was displaced from his no.1 position in the ICC batting rankings in T20Is by Babar Azam, who, after his string of consistent performances with the bat, has taken the top spot.