Twitterati showers praise on Darren Sammy for appreciating Hasan Ali
Pakistan won the first T20I by 20 runs.
Updated - Sep 13, 2017 12:32 pm
Darren Sammy is once again in the news for displaying true sportsmanship during the first T20I between Pakistan and World XI. He appreciated the Pakistani bowler Hasan Ali for a wonderful yorker despite falling down in his attempt to keep it away from his stumps. Cricket fans have showered praise on the Caribbean cricketer for this beautiful gesture and hailed him for playing with the true spirit for the game.
International cricket finally returned to Pakistan as the home team clashed World XI in Lahore at Gaddafi Stadium on Tuesday. Babar Azam scored a magnificent 86 off just 52 deliveries due to which his team posted 197 on the board. In reply, World XI stuttered regularly as wickets kept falling and on batsmen could convert their bright starts. Eventually, they fell short by 20 runs to finish their innings at 177 after 20 overs.
World XI needed 34 runs off the final over and Darren Sammy was on strike hitting the ball cleanly. The skipper handed the ball to Hasan Ali but he was clobbered for a gigantic six off the first ball itself. Ali came back with a perfect yorker which swung late and Sammy somehow awkwardly managed to dig it out but ended up falling on the ground. He smiled as soon as he fell and clapped in admiration for the perfect yorker of the bowler that sealed the match effectively.
Hasan Ali too walked towards his PSL team skipper and gave him a helping hand to get back up on his feet. The commentators lauded for the sportsman spirit of both Sammy and Ali in a game which aims to bring cricket back to Pakistan. Twitter went crazy after the incident and hailed Sammy for his actions and termed it as the best moment of the match.
Here is how Twitterati praised Darren Sammy:
— M.Khazran Shabbir (@KhazranSays) September 12, 2017
— Ayesha Saleem (@khanaysh2790) September 13, 2017
— Jihan (@YesIamJihan) September 12, 2017
Darren sammy is love ❤️
— Ammarahah. (@ammarahaha) September 12, 2017
Darren sammy falls to the ground.
Hasan runs to pick him up.
Someone gets him his bat
You guys still think we planned attacks?
— ALI. (@MuslimBale) September 12, 2017
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) September 12, 2017
— shadab khan fc ? (@teamshadab) September 12, 2017
Darren Sammy applauding for Hassan Ali. ?
— Joweria. ? (@JoweriaMalik_) September 12, 2017
— Haseeb Arshad (@HaseebTweets) September 12, 2017
You know it's for the game when a batsman has fallen down of a yorker&he's on the ground, yet appreciates the opponent bowler #DarrenSammy
— MINION© (@TheOmarrization) September 12, 2017
World XI now has to win the next game to be played on Wednesday to keep the series alive. The result matters very less in such games as the cricket came back to where it actually belonged. Hopefully, for Pakistan, this series is the start of many more to come in future.