Thailand Women win hearts through their ‘Spirit of Cricket’ gesture after suffering a defeat
Thailand Women stole the hearts of cricket folklore with their brilliant gesture, post their first game of the tournament against the 2016 champions West Indies.
Updated - Feb 22, 2020 9:03 pm
One of the beauties of World Cups or ICC events is that people hailing from different cultures, caste, creed, and background come together to showcase their skills to the world. We have seen it time and again in the past World Cups when outrageously talented cricketers from little-known cricketing nations enthral the folklore with not only their skills but also with their unique celebrations and spirit of cricket moments which also reflect a great deal on a culture that they hail from
And, we saw that today, when Thailand Women stole the hearts of cricket folklore with their brilliant gesture, post their first game of the tournament against the 2016 champions West Indies. The trailblazers from Thailand may have lost the game [by seven wickets] but that was never going to have a damning effect on their spirits as they went on to perform their tradition of bowing down in every direction to say thank you to all the fans for their support.
Thailand skipper Sornnarin Tippoch, who is said to have an ever-smiling face, said she and her team had waited for a long time for this opportunity and she is proud of her girls.
“We are happy, I think we played well. We wanted to score around 120 runs. We will try to get more than 100.”Thailand captain Sornnarin Tippoch said as quoted by India Today.
Thailand bow to all corners of the ground after their first World Cup game 🙏
— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) February 22, 2020
Thailand Women ecstatic after finally achieving their dream
Thailand has indeed waited for a long time to witness this moment. After years of hard work, their dreams were finally fulfilled last year when they became the first side from South-East Asia to qualify for the main tournament alongside winners Bangladesh.
Coming back to the match, Stafanie Taylor’s all-round effort– 3-0-13-3 & 37-ball 26– paved way for a seven-wicket win for the 2016 T20 World Cup champions. Thailand batted first but barring wicketkeeper Nannapat Koncharoenkai’s 48-ball 33 and to some extent Naruemol Chaiwai , none of the batters could stick around for any length of time and were eventually restricted to 9-78 after 20 overs.
Chasing 79 was never going to bother the West Indies but they did make a heavy weather at the start and at one stage were reduced to 3-24 but an unbeaten 53-run-stand between skipper Stafanie Taylor [26*] and Shemaine Campbelle [25*] ensured that there were no more stutters as they romped home in the 17th over.