An act of sportsmanship by the county of Yorkshire has impressed many cricket fans. The episode took place during a T20 blast match between Yorkshire and Lancashire Saturday at Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester.
The incident occurred in the 18th innings of the match when Lancashire needed 15 runs from 18 deliveries, with five wickets in hand. Lancashire’s Luke Wells led a delivery bowled by Mathew Waite to the middle region and run for a quick single cut.
But, Steven Croft, who was on the non-goalie’s hand, seemed a little hesitant to run and before he got halfway on the field, he got a cramp and lay in the middle of the field. The Yorkshire had an easy opportunity to run him out, but the Joe carrot-led lace chose not to complete the run-out, and the referees declared a dead ball.
Here is the video:
What would you have done?
– Vitality Blast (@VitalityBlast) 17 July 2021
Former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman responding to the incident and praising Yorkshire for their sporting spirit, calling Root a ‘wonderful role model’.
“Excellent demonstration of sportsmanship from @ root66. Such a wonderful role model, ” Laxman tweeted.
VVS Laxman (@ VVSLaxman281) 18 July 2021
Roots, captain of Yorkshire, felt that Croft’s injury looked quite serious, but many teams and players would have preferred to drive him out if they were in a similar situation, as everyone is of the opinion.
“As a side, we have made a very difficult decision under pressure. (Croft’s injury) looked very serious at first glance. In many ways, it was a relief. It was nothing serious. I’m sure there will be many different opinions. Many people would have handled it differently, ” Root said as quoted by Cricketcomau.
Yorkshire 128/7 in 20 overs (Joe Root 32; Luke Wood 4/20) lost to Lancashire 131/6 in 19 overs (Luke Wells 30; Matthew Waite 2/17) with four wickets.