We’ve all seen the Indian Premier League (IPL), and the tournament has made an indelible effect on fans throughout the years. While the story of victory and comebacks will always be remembered, the players who demonstrate sportsmanship will also be remembered.
Given the huge stakes involved in these activities, it is difficult to be on one’s best behaviour. However, we take a look back at some instances in which players in the IPL acted fairly.
- Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane struck at the midwicket boundary before chucking the ball back to Steve Smith, making this his third appearance on this list for the 2017 edition of the IPL. He would, however, use his hands to signify a six, implying that he had stepped on the rope while grabbing the ball.
The fact that the display of sportsmanship occurred in the first qualifier adds to its significance, even if the match was already decided. As we all know, there is no such thing as a never in cricket.
- Suresh Raina
IPL 2017 match between the Delhi Daredevils and Gujarat Lions. Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson, chasing a huge 209 for victory, put on a show as the former raced away to 97 off only 42 deliveries.
However, he got an outside edge on a wayward swing off a Basil Thampi ball, which landed securely in Dinesh Karthik’s gloves. Rishabh Pant looked heartbroken on the pitch after losing out on an IPL century for a few seconds before Gujarat Lions skipper Suresh Raina approached him and consoled him.
- Ben Stokes
During the 2018 Indian Premier League season, the Sunrisers Hyderabad took against the Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur. After losing Shikhar Dhawan early in the innings, the Sunrisers won the toss and elected to bat first.
Hales attempted to slog one towards the midwicket boundary in the ninth over, with Ish Sodhi delivering to him, but Ben Stokes’ outstanding effort resulted in the ball ending up in his palm. However, England’s World Cup hero for 2019 quickly claimed that he had dropped the catch and that Hales was still alive.
- MS Dhoni
Dhoni demonstrated his desire to promote fair play during the IPL 2019. When chasing 152 against RR, the on-field umpire called no-ball on the fourth ball of the last over, only to be overruled by the square-leg umpire. As he came onto the field from his team’s dugout to have a furious debate with both umpires, Dhoni was both perplexed and enraged. The square-leg umpire’s decision was upheld, and Dhoni received a fine of 50% of his match expenses.
- Hashim Amla
Hashim Amla has amazed everyone with his explosive batting at the top of the order for Kings XI Punjab during the 2017 Indian Premier League season. Amla is also a wonderful advocate for the game and has always played in a positive manner. He concentrates solely on his game and tries to avoid controversies as much as possible.
Amla once again demonstrated why he is one of the most regarded cricketers in the world during the encounter against RCB at Chinnaswamy Stadium. Amla edged one off Aniket Chaudhary’s bowling, but there was no appeal from the bowler or wicketkeeper, so he walked back to the pavilion, setting a fine example for all the young spectators.