Root caught the attention of the batsman, who fell to the ground with an injury while running for the single, without trying to run out.
What will the opposing fielders do if the batsman falls while running to score a run? Of course they will try to run out the batsman. In contrast, the match between Lancashire and Yorkshire in Vitality Blast witnessed the extreme end of sportsmanship.
The cricketing world is applauding the sportsman spirit of Englishman Joe Root in the Vitality Blast Twenty20 tournament. Root caught the attention of the batsman, who fell to the ground with an injury while running for the single, without trying to run out. At the time, Lancashire needed 15 runs off 18 balls to win. They had five wickets in hand.
What would you have done?
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The incident took place in the 18th over of the match. Lancashire batsman Steve Croft slipped and fell on the pitch while trying to score in the first ball of the over and the ball bounced off the wicketkeeper but the wicketkeeper refused to run out. Yorkshire captain Joe Root kept the wicket-keeper and fielders out of the run-out.
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Lancashire won the match. Lancashire won by four wickets. Joe Root said after the match that at first glance the batsman’s injury seemed very serious and there was another relief in knowing that the injury was not serious. ‘As a team we made a very difficult decision during that stressful time. At first glance his injury seemed very serious. There is another kind of relief in knowing that the injury is not serious. I know many people will have different opinions on this. Maybe others will behave differently in that situation ‘- Joe Root explained.