In the second match of the Asia Cup 2022, the arch-rivals India and Pakistan are locking horns with each other at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Pakistan’s top-order batter, Fakhar Zaman showed his sportsman spirit by walking off after a caught-behind appeal from India on the bowling of young pacer, Avesh Khan.
Earlier in the game, the Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided to bowl first in a crunch game. Surprisingly, India picked Dinesh Karthik ahead of Rishabh Pant with KL Rahul and Virat Kohli making a comeback to the TIs after a break. Pakistan picked their XI quite on the expected lines.
However, Fakhar Zaman got out on the last over of the powerplay as the extra bounce beat him or so it seemed, but one thing was for sure, the ball took the faintest of nicks. The Indian players didn’t appeal much, but Fakhar decided to walk off o the field after nicking the delivery room Avesh Khan, even the umpire raised a finger after Zamam started walking. It was a short delivery and it bounced up higher than the batter expected it.
Here is the video of the dismissal of Fakhar Zaman:
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India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh
Pakistan (Playing XI): Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Shahnawaz Dahani
Soon after the incident, many fans took to Twitter and hailed Fakhar’s gesture, calling it a “class act”. Here are a few reactions on social media:
Class act by Fakhar Zaman. Don’t see Pakistanis walking when they know they are out and umpire misses it. #INDvPAK
— ishaan prakash (@ishaan_ANI) August 28, 2022
Fakhar Zaman has set a high level standards of sportsman spirit by walking over to pavillion despite no appeal from India. You can hardly expect such sort of sportsman spirit in India and Pakistan encounter. #INDvPAK
— Arfa Feroz Zake (@ArfaSays_) August 28, 2022
— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) August 28, 2022