Krunal Pandya showcased fine spirit of sportsmanship, withdrawing a run-out appeal against Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. Rahul, who was at the non-striker’s end, was struck by a firm push from Chris Gayle, and Krunal grabbed the ricochet and fired the ball onto the stumps.
Krunal, having already trapped Mandeep Singh (15) leg-before earlier in the over, the sixth of the innings, conceded two singles off his next three balls before the incident happened. As the ball brushed Rahul and headed towards the umpire, Krunal was quick to grab it and remove the bails, and instinctively appealed for a run-out.
However, he withdrew his appeal the very next moment, showcasing a fine spirit of sportsmanship. Rahul instantly gave a thumbs up to the all-rounder and his opposite number Rohit Sharma. The batter, though, seemed to have got his left leg in, but it was Krunal’s gesture that turned out to be a major talking point among netizens.
It might well serve the five-time champions well in the Fair Play points table, in which they currently occupy the last spot.
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Yes, he deserves all the praise!
Krunal Pandya was great today. Let's appreciate him. @krunalpandya24
— Aman Goswami (@AmanTheomastix7) September 28, 2021
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Mumbai Indians fans defending Krunal Pandya like : pic.twitter.com/0xKFvbwvVq— Sagar Shinde (@fcbsagarr45) September 28, 2021
This is funny and true
We all know krunal pandya is not in good form and we all wanted to drop him. But this is some serious performance by krunal pandya as he is trying to shut our mouth by his bowling. Hope this will reflect in his batting too. #MIvPBKS— sagar kumar swain (@sagarkumar1041) September 28, 2021
And everyone agrees
Krunal Pandya is a glimpse on what Rohit will do when he becomes T20 captain 🤷♂️— Rono (@ajronald) September 28, 2021