Manchester: Joe Root and his side Yorkshire displayed amazing act of sportsmanship after the team refused to run out Lancashire’s Steven Croft after he fell down injured while taking a run during a group game of the England’s T20 competion Blast T20.
Croft stumbled and fell while attempting to steal a single and was laying on the ground in the middle of the pitch when the ball was returned to the Yorkshire wicketkeeper.
The incident took place in the 18th over of the game with Lancashire needing 15 runs from 18 deliveries, with five wickets in hand. However, the Yorkshire wicketkeeper decided not to dismiss Croft and threw the ball away as the team signaled the umpire to halt the play.
What would you have done?
— Vitality Blast (@VitalityBlast) July 17, 2021
Croft was able to continue his innings, scoring a crucial 26 not out as Lancashire won by four wickets with an over to spare to secure their spot in the quarter-finals.
“As a side, we made a very difficult decision under pressure,” Yorkshire captain Joe Root said after the match.
“(Croft’s injury) looked very serious at first glance. In many ways it was a relief it was nothing serious. I am sure there will be many opinions. Many people would have handled it differently,” he added.
Croft lauded Yorkshire’s decision, adding the warm summer weather had got the better of him.
The netizens also hailed Yorkshire’s act at the important time of the match.
Joe Root led Yorkshire's Unbelievable act of sportsmanship, refuses to Run batsmen out after he does down with an Injury mid-run. Great Sportsmanship from Joe Root. pic.twitter.com/lEWnMRVFWy
— CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) July 18, 2021
Massive respect to Joe Root today and the way he acted. Yorkshire were well within their rights to run out Crofty. They chose not to. That’s proper sportsmanship. pic.twitter.com/EvMYRLp9sz
— TheCricketMen (@thecricketmen) July 17, 2021
Sportsman spirit at his absolute best in Vitality Blast. Batsman falls off and caught cramps in the middle of a run, Joe Root stops the keeper and decides not to run him out. #VitalityBlast #LANvYOR pic.twitter.com/aBoVcmVVLi
— S A A D 🇵🇰 (@SaadSays22_) July 17, 2021
Sportsmanship 🙌#Yorkshire didn't run Lancashire's Steven Croft out as he suffered cramps in the middle of the pitch.
Love the game and players when played with right spirit
— CS Jigar Shah (@FCSJigarShah) July 18, 2021
Great sportsmanship from Root for Yorkshire as he turns down the chance to run out Steven Croft as he slips mid-pitch and appears to be in serious pain. Didn't have to as it was the batsman's error and after a few minutes treatment he ready to go again. Bizarre… #LANvYOR
— Jonny (@Leathernwillow) July 17, 2021