Watch: Hashim Amla decides to walk off despite no appeal from RCB team
Wicket-keeper Kedar Jadhav pocketed the ball with ease but did not appeal. In fact, nobody in the RCB team looked interested in the appeal including the bowler.
Updated - May 6, 2017 3:29 pm
Despite failing with the bat in the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab opener Hashim Amla managed to win over the hearts of the fans. He served the perfect example of the fair play and the spirit of the game. Amla, who has often been renowned as the silent performer, is revered around the cricket world as one of the most modest and humble superstars.
The actions of Hashim Amla were at its very best when he came out to bat against RCB at Bengaluru in the match 43 of the season 10 of the Indian Premier League. The Kings were asked to bat first after RCB skipper Virat Kohli had won the toss. In walked Hashim Amla and Martin Guptill to open the innings for the Kings XI Punjab. It was in the very first over when Amla had to make the long walk back to the pavilion.
Aniket Choudhary, the left arm pace bowler, had the ball in hand as he ran in to bowl to Amla. On the fifth delivery of the game, he dug one short to the South African batsman. The ball was slightly wide in line and Amla tried to cut the ball to guide if for a fine boundary. However, all that he could manage was a faint edge that went straight to the wicket keeper.
Wicket-keeper Kedar Jadhav pocketed the ball with ease but did not appeal. In fact, nobody in the RCB team looked interested in the appeal including the bowler. However, Hashim Amla decided to walk off as he knew he had a faint tickle to it. When Choudhary saw Amla walking off, he turned around at the umpire for a formal appeal. The umpire raised his finger as a mark of formality as Amla had already started walking.
Amidst everything, it was the spirit of the game that prevailed in the incident. Hashim scored just 1 before heading back to the dug out. Watch the Proteas master show the spirit of the game and being an ambassador of the fair play here:
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