The 2021 season of Caribbean Premier League is in its first week but the tournament has already produced some really exciting moments. From Chris Gayle smashing the window glasses to Andre Russell's explosive 14-ball fifty, the West Indies stars are certainly living up to the high expectations with their fantastic performances.
On Saturday, another big player in the form of Dwayne Bravo won everyone's hearts but not with heroics with bat or ball. Instead, it was a moment of incredible sportsmanship which left everyone in awe of the cricketer. The incident happened during match no. 5 between Guyana Amazon Warriors & St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.
Bravo and Hafeez produce moment of the match
While batting first, the Warriors' score read 134/8 in 19 overs. Mohammad Hafeez was batting on 28* but he was at the non-striker's end. Dwayne Bravo came in to bowl the final over and started off with a wide before bowling a dot delivery to Ashmead Nedd. Hafeez was getting desperate to get on strike and as a result, he left the crease before Bravo had released the ball on the next delivery. Although Bravo had a clear opportunity to mankad Hafeez, he decided against doing it.
Instead, Bravo shared a hearty laugh with Hafeez as the duo also hugged each other in an extremely heart-warming moment for everyone to see. Although the all-rounder was within his rights to run out the batsman, it was good to see him leaving Hafeez with just a warning, that too in some style.
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Hafeez hits back-to-back boundaries off Bravo
Mohammad Hafeez finally got the strike for the final three balls and he made the most out of it. He showed no mercy on Bravo for his incredible gesture as he smashed back-to-back boundaries before taking a double on the final delivery of the innings. Hafeez's unbeaten 38-run knock powered his side to a competitive total of 146/8 at the end of 20 overs.
In hindsight, it can be implied that Bravo's decision to not run-out Hafeez costed his side a few extra runs towards the end. However, he won't be regretting his actions as he set a perfect example for many young cricketers proving why cricket is called a gentlemen's game. In a very light-hearted way, he also sent a warning to all the batsmen around to not leave the crease before the bowler releases the ball.