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Top 5 ‘Spirit of Cricket’ moments in 2019

The sport is not only about winning, losing, scoring hundreds, taking wickets or winning World titles. It is also about how the cricketers react to adversity.

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James Neesham, Marin Guptill and Chris Woakes (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

The year is about to end, and what better to bid it farewell than to walk down memory lane and reminisce about the most memorable cricketing moments of the past 12 months. And, that is exactly what everyone seems to be doing. Editorials are being churned out, videos are being made by former cricketers, debates are being held as to who makes the best XI line-up in Tests, ODIs or T20Is.

In fact, polls are also being held where fans are being asked to vote for their memorable moments of not only the year but also the decade. But, the sport is not only about winning, losing, scoring hundreds, taking wickets or winning World titles. It is also about how the cricketers react to adversity. It is also about how the cricketers react to a defeat or how they display the ‘Spirit of Cricket’ moments. And, the year 2019 was full of such moments.

Here’s a look at top five ‘Spirit of Cricket’ moments in 2019:

5. Virat Kohli walking off despite the umpire not adjudging him out against Pakistan

Virat Kohli walks off against Pakistan in World Cup 2019
Virat Kohli walks off against Pakistan in World Cup 2019. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)

India vs Pakistan in a World Cup encounter- It doesn’t really get bigger than this. In fact, the stakes are so high, that nothing but a win is acceptable by the fanatics. For Pakistan, every World Cup game against India comes as an opportunity to shrug off the horrors of the past while for the Men in Blue, it comes as a chance to extend their winning streak over their arch-rivals.

The latest World Cup encounter between Indian and Pakistan bore the same script as imperious India notched up yet another win over their arch-rivals, extending their unbeaten streak to 7-0. From the now cult yawning of Sarfaraz Ahmed to Rohit Sharma’s shellacking of the Pakistan bowling attack to the ‘brain fade’ of the Pakistani batting unit, the game had a plethora of cult moments, but none could beat the ‘Spirit of  Cricket’ moment displayed by the Indian captain. 

In what can be termed as a display of true sportsmanship, Virat Kohli decided to walk off when he thought he had nicked a Mohammad Amir bouncer to Sarfaraz Ahmed. Kohli, of course, hadn’t nicked the ball but the Indian captain decided to do a Adam Gilchrist when he walked off without waiting for the Umpire’s call.

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