Pakistani wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan won the hearts of several fans and experts after an act of sportsmanship on day 1 of the current second Test against West Indies in Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica.
It all happened when Rizwan batted next to him Faheem Ashraf tries to build a partnership after losing his partner Babar Azam of a Charid Roach delivery and Fawad Alam, who retired due to cramps.
Windies pacer Alzarri Joseph was bowling the 72nd over of Pakistan’s first innings, but when he wanted to deliver the fourth ball, he suddenly stopped his run-up when a fly came into his eye.
Rizwan, who was at the end of the non-strikers, quickly offered his help to get the fly out of Joseph’s eyes. Coming soon skipper from Faheem and West India Kraigg Brathwaite also came to help the struggling bowler.
Fans on social media appreciate the gesture that Rizwan shows. The official Twitter handle of West Indian cricket shared two images of the incident, where Rizwan can be seen helping Joseph get the fly out of his eye.
“The #SpiritofCricket! (two hearts and Handshake emojis) #WIvPAK #MenInMaroon, ” tweeted West Indies.
– Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) 20 August 2021
In the match, Pakistan scored 212/4 at stumps on opening day, with Rizwan (22) and Faheem (23) on the fold. Babar and Fawad had earlier helped the team recover from the failure in the highest order. The duo added an important position of 158 runs for the fourth wicket. While Babar came out of 75 runs, Fawad was injured at 76 runs.
After the day’s game, Babar reveals that in the first innings they focus on putting 300-350 runs on the board.
‘We both (Babar and Fawad) decided that it was important to stay on the fold for a long time. I told Fawad Alam that we need to forge a long-term partnership to steer the team out of trouble. We aim to score 300 to 350 runs in the first innings, ” said Babar in a video shared by Pakistan Cricket’s official Twitter handle.