TNPL: Arun Karthik wins hearts with his remarkable sportsmanship act

Arun Karthik’s gesture has been lauded by one and all.

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KB Arun Karthik
KB Arun Karthik. (Photo Source: TNPL)

Match 13 of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) saw Madurai Panthers and Lyca Kovai Kings locking horns at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Although both teams were neck-to-neck for the major part of the contest, the Kings eventually walked away with a 19-run triumph. With this win, the Shahrukh Khan-led even advanced at the top of the team standings while Panthers remained at the penultimate position.

Although the Panthers couldn’t get the result in their favour, their wicketkeeper-batsman Arun Karthik won many hearts his sportsmanship act. He hugged opposition pacer Abhishek Tanwar after getting indulged in a verbal altercation with him. The incident occurred in the third over of the Madurai Panthers’ innings. Openers K Rajkumar and Arun Karthik attacked bowlers from the outset and scored runs all over the park.

However, the Kings breathed a sigh of relief when Tanwar drew the first blood in the third over. The fast bowler dismissed Rajkumar and his ecstasy was evident in his celebrations. However, things got a big ugly as Karthik wasn’t amused with Tanwar’s celebration. Subsequently, the duo got involved in a heated argument and the umpire had to intervene.

Arun Karthik’s act becomes the talk of the town

Such instances of verbal altercations aren’t rare on a cricket field. However, what Karthik did next was certainly not on the cards. Seconds after the argument, he went to Tanwar and hugged him. The right-arm pacer was also overwhelmed with the gesture as the two rivals shared a smile. The official Twitter account of TNPL shared the video of the whole incident. Netizens have also been lauding Karthik’s act.

Speaking of the match, the Kings posted 172/5 while batting first in Chennai. Sai Sudharsan and skipper Shahrukh Khan scored half-centuries while Abhishek Tanwar also chipped in with a handy 22-run cameo. In reply, Madurai Panthers put up a commendable fight. In fact, most of their top-order got starters. However, none of them were able to play an impact knock.

As a result, the Panthers were restricted to 153/8 in their allotted 20 overs, losing the game by 19 runs. Lyca Kovai Kings skipper Shahrukh Khan received the Player-of-the-match award for his quick-fire fifty.

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