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Don't Fade Away: 5 acts of sportsmanship in T20Is that will always linger in our memory

Virat Kohli Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir of Pakistan and Virat Kohli during the practice session at the Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata.
Modified 30 Mar 2016
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While teams get onto the field with the intention of winning, at the end of the day, however, it is just a game. What matters is whether the game was played in good
spirit - if the essence was kept intact.

Cricket is known as the gentlemen’s game, and there is a reason for that. Even though there might be some incidents that would make one challenge the description, cricket has seen some of the kindest gestures between opposition players.

Be it consoling the opponents over a loss or celebrating with them in victory, cricket has produced some incredibly wonderful acts of sportsmanship—and here are five of such acts in T20Is that won’t fade away from our memories, just like the Axe Signature range of perfumes.

Virat Kohli’s gift to Mohammad Amir

Mohammad Amir is a controversial character. His return to the international scene was seen in the kind light by many, with Mohammad Hafeez even threatening to quit the team if he was called up. However, Virat Kohli welcomed him better than anyone else.

As Pakistan and India were attending a practice session before their Asia Cup encounter, Virat Kohli approached Mohammad Amir and handed him his bat—an act which made the headlines for all the right reasons.

"He is a very skillful bowler and I wish him all the best. He has worked hard to come this far and it takes a lot of courage," Kohli said.

India and Pakistan are and will always be eternal rivals, but rivals can also be friends as shown by Virat Kohli.

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Published 30 Mar 2016, 12:34 IST
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