The icc names 9 nominees for the Spirit of the cricket award of the decade from different countries across the globe that are part of this gentlemen’s game.
Virat Kohli the Indian test captain has been nominated in this category for showing spirit on and off the field.
Previously, during the 2019 cricket World Cup. In India vs Australia encounter during a group stage game the fans started booing Steve Smith and started calling him a cheat. Virat Kohli turned to the Indian fans and asked them to stop booing Smith and start applauding him. This generous act of kindness by Kohli won hearts across the globe.
You hear the word “spirit”? You think of Kane Williamson. The pure class player that he is, only gets better with his powerful and kind character. He is thought to be one of the most kind and good spirited bloke to ever step on a cricket ground! Kane led his side to the World Cup final in 2019. After a very intense game that has been written down in history books as probably one of the most exciting and thrilling ODIs ever, the results were heartbreaking for the Kiwis and some say unfair as the winner was chosen by the boundary count rule and it was England. Kane being the gentleman he is showed wonderful spirit and accepted the defeat graciously.
Another Kiwi captain with great spirit and character. Brendon has already won the ICC spirit of cricket award in 2015 and is now nominated for The award of the decade. Brendon McCullum is one of the gentlemen in cricket and he exhibited it through his own example in the semi final match against South Africa of ICC Cricket World Cup earlier this year. It was a very close match in which New Zealand emerged as the winner in the penultimate ball of the game. South Africans were very dejected after the loss but a kind-hearted and broad minded McCullum invited the opposition captain AB de Villiers and their whole team to New Zealand’s dressing room after the match.
Misbah the name of character and compassion, is the first to ever win a spirit of the cricket award back in 2016. The former test captain of Pakistan is now nominated for spirit of the cricket award of the decade.
After winning the award in 2016 Misbah said:
He then explained the philosophy of the Test team. “As a team, we have focused on playing within the rich traditions of the sport with a positive mindset and approach so that we can entertain the spectators and fans, and at the same time, challenge the oppositions.
He added: “I am glad that this has been noticed and recognised by the game’s governing body.”
The Indian great, the Captain cool is nominated for this great award for his cool mind and strong character. MS Dhoni, the India captain, has won the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award for his decision to recall Ian Bell after his controversial run-outduring the Trent Bridge Test.
“While the initial appeal and umpire decision were correct to the letter of the law, the decision by Mahendra and his team to withdraw the appeal shows great maturity,” ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said. “To see players and officials uphold the great spirit of cricket, which has underpinned the game for more than a century, is very special.”
The England seamer is recognised for consoling Dane van Niekerk after the ICC Women’s World Cup semi-final. She won the spirit of cricket award in 2018 and now has been nominated for spirit of cricket award of the decade.
The England star is winner of the spirit of cricket award in 2014 and is now the nominee for the spirit of the cricket award of decade. She earned this honour as a result of an incident during England Women’s second NatWest T20I against South Africa at the County Ground, Northampton on September 3. Having completed the run-out of South Africa’s Matshipi Letsoalo at the bowler’s end, Brunt called the batsman back and told the on-field umpire that she wasn’t sure if the ball was definitely in her hand when she dislodged the bails. Having checked the television replay, the third umpire subsequently reversed the decision and Letsoalo continued her innings.
Mahela Jayawardene, who won the Spirit of Cricket award at the ICC Awards 2013. The ICC announced this year’s winners on December 13, 2013. Jayawardene was nominated for the award by a player from New Zealand who felt that Jayawardene’s honesty, during a Test match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at Galle in 2012, should be acknowledged and rewarded. Batting on 91, with Sri Lanka on 229/7, Jayawardene gloved one to the keeper and walked off before the umpire raised his finger. It took place at a very crucial stage of the match, but Jayawardene walked nonetheless and without even waiting for an umpire’s decision. He is now nominated for spirit of the cricket award of the decade.
Daniel Vettori, the New Zealand left-arm spinner has been nominated for the Spirit of the cricket award of decade. He haswon the ICC Spirit of Cricket in 2012 for a sporting gesture during a test against Zimbabwe in 2011.
The match was heading for a tight finish, when Vettori accidentally collided with the non-striker Malcolm Waller during his follow-through. The clash hindered Waller from taking a single, and by that time the striker Regis Chakabva was too far down the track to get back. Though the wicketkeeper Reece Young took off the bails, Vettori immediately indicated that he had blocked Waller, and New Zealand decided to not appeal for Chakabva’s wicket.