Andrew’s gallantry amidst stiff battle
The competition in the Champions Trophy in South Africa has gathered
momentum to now move onto the tense final stages. The respective teams
are hell bent on laying their hands on the coveted prize, which amongst
other things does count for much for the team, players and the country.
This being so, there does not seem to be a place these days for the
display of sportsmanship, with that healthy outlook. Especially in the
highly professional and commercialised environment in which the game is
Rare and far between though it be, the English skipper, Andrew
Strauss, for his part chose to be different in making room for
This occurred in the encounter between his team and Sri Lanka - when,
Onions, the English pace bowler accidentally collided with Angelo
Mathews, who was responding to make a single and couldn’t make it, to
subsequently be ruled run out.
At that moment of time, Mathews on a very redemptive knock, was
successfully restoring the Sri Lankan innings, with the promising threat
of going past the 50 runs he had scored.
It was at this stage that the inner stirrings of Strauss got the
better of him, where through it all he rose to the occasion to ensure
that the umpire’s decision was revoked and Mathew be allowed to continue
A noble gesture is not always recompensated straightaway, it takes
time to manifest in various ways. But here in this match the good deed
perhaps had its reward straightaway, when the fancied Sri Lankans lost
Whatever the prevailing circumstances and situations be, cricket will
always derive its glory from deeds such as this, for such deeds far more
eloquent than words gives the game a special kind of lustre and lifts it
above the ordinary, and what is more in a sense has life to influence
others to greater heights.
Well done Strauss.