India all-rounder Krunal Pandya garnered compliments from a number of cricket fanatics on Twitter as he was noticed sharing a hug with Sri Lanka cricketer Charith Asalanka in the course of the first ODI between the 2 sides in Colombo, which the Men In Blue won comfortably by seven wickets.
The incident happened in the third supply of the twenty second over of the Lankan innings bowled by Krunal, when the hosts have been batting on 106/3, with Dhananjaya de Silva and Asalanka current in the center.
De Silva, who was on the strike knocked the ball with good drive straight down the bottom however a pointy effort by Krunal noticed him gather the ball comfortably. On doing so, Krunal rolled in the pitch throughout his followthrough and accidentaly bumped with Asalanka on the non-striker’s finish. Following the incident, Krunal received up and hugged the Sri Lankan batsman, the video of which went viral on social media.
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Here is the video:
Upholding the Spirit of Cricket!
Lovely gesture by Krunal
— Sony Sports (@SonySportsIndia) July 18, 2021
Many took to Twitter to applaud the Baroda and Mumbai Indians cricketer for lifting the spirit of the game. Some even termed it as ‘Rahul Dravid impact’, who’s presently onboard with the Indian contingent as a coach.
Here are a couple of tweets:
The self-discipline, love and take care of opponent beneath Rahul Dravid. pic.twitter.com/U9I8GHpP4Y
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) July 18, 2021
— India Fantasy (@india_fantasy) July 18, 2021
Rahul Dravid in workforce conferences:
Please go and hug your opponents. https://t.co/Iz4AX39POd
— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) July 18, 2021
Krunal’s scientific present
Krunal was probably the most economical bowler from the Indian camp as he accomplished his 10 overs quota at an financial system price of much less then three runs an over, which additionally included one maiden. He gave away 26 runs and dismissed on 14 off 27 deliveries to push the hosts on backfoot.