IPL 2022: Quinton de Kock wins hearts with his sportsmanship against Punjab Kings, gets pat on back by the bowler Sandeep Sharma

Quinton de Kock
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Lucknow Super Giants opener Quinton de Kock produced a moment of the sportsmanship as the wicketkeeper batter walked off the field despite the umpire giving him not out.

In this era of the Decision Review System (DRS), it is rare to see the batters walking away without the umpire raising the finger. However, de Kock chose not to wait for the umpire’s decision and walked away.

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His beautiful gesture won the hearts of cricket fans and the opposition’s players alike. The gesture was also appreciated by the Punjab Kings’ bowler Sandeep Sharma after scalping the wicket.

Quinton de Kock walks away, Sandeep Sharma pats him on the back

Lucknow Super Giants are up against Punjab Kings in the 42nd match of the IPL 2022 on Friday evening. Punjab Kings’ skipper Mayank Agarwal invited the opposition to bat first after winning the toss.

The Super Giants didn’t have an ideal start after losing the skipper early. However, Quinton de Kock and Deepak Hooda stitched a vital 85-run partnership for the 2nd wicket.

On the 4th delivery of the 14th over, Quinton de Kock edged a wide delivery to the keeper. Bowler Sandeep Sharma and wicketkeeper Jitesh Sharma went up in the unison but the umpire called the batter not-out.

However, Quinton de Kock didn’t wait for Punjab Kings to use their DRS and walked off. Later, the edge was confirmed on the snicko in the replays. Bowler Sandeep Sharma was impressed with the batter’s sportsmanship and pat patted him on the back while he headed towards the dugout.

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Punjab Kings triggered a collapse after Quinton de Kock’s wicket and Lucknow Super Giants could only manage 153/8 in 20 overs. At the time of the writing, the match is hanging in balance as Punjab Kings are 62/3 in 8.3 overs with Jonny Bairstow and Liam Livingstone batting in the middle.

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