ICC honour New Zealand with ‘Spirit of Cricket’ award
New Zealand won the ICC Spirit of Cricket 2019 award for showing tremendous maturity and spirit despite conceded 6 runs unluckily against England in the World Cup final.
Even the calmest and coolest person in the world would have lost his temper for the way New Zealand conceded 6 runs unluckily which cost them the World Cup in the end. But it seemed like Kane Williamson and his men are above all as the New Zealand skipper didn’t even argue with the umpire after the incident.
New Zealand bagged the award for their sporting conduct. The trophy was named n memory of BBC broadcaster Christopher Martin-Jenkins. It is awarded to the team/player most notable for “upholding the ‘Spirit of the Game’, involving respect for opponents, their own captain and team, the role of the umpires and the game’s traditional values.
And Blackcaps won the award for showing their true character during the 2019 World Cup against England. The match had its moments and it was the most breathtaking World Cup final the cricket world has ever seen. England won the tournament in the end after the super-over was tied as well. They won their first-ever World Cup due to the boundary count rule.
It was New Zealand’s game to lose in the final over, but it was shrouded by a questionable on-field call of awarding an additional overthrow run despite the two batsmen not having crossed at the time of release by the fielder. But Williamson and his men neither protested vociferously nor led any appeals in the aftermath and Williamson and his team were universally lauded for their grace and humility.
MCC president Kumar Sangakkara said New Zealand are the worthy winners of this award.
“The New Zealand team are worthy winners of this award. In the heat of battle, they displayed a level of sportsmanship that was fitting for such a fantastic final, and indeed tournament. It is a testament to their squad that even after a match that will live long in the memory for the cricket that was played, we are still talking about the Spirit of Cricket. Their actions deserve this recognition,” he said.