WATCH: Shadab Khan hugs a pitch invader during the 2nd ODI between Pakistan and West Indies

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Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab Khan won hearts during the second ODI game between Pakistan and West Indies with his heartwarming gesture on the field. During Pakistan’s innings, a fan invaded the pitch to meet his favorite superstar Shadab Khan and the leggie didn’t disappoint him and hugged him to send a beautiful message.

West Indies are currently touring Pakistan for a rescheduled three-match ODI series. The home side began the series with a bang by winning the first ODI by 5 wickets, while they sealed the series by winning the 2nd game by 120 runs.

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On Friday, Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first. They were on the course of a massive total as the skipper Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq stitched a beautiful partnership for the 2nd wicket. However, once they both were gone, the hosts were pegged back with wickets at the regular interval and they could only manage 275/8 in 50 overs.

Shadab Khan hugs the pitch invader, the crowd applauds the gesture

During the 39th over of Pakistan‘s innings, Anderson Phillip ran in his bowling stride to deliver the 4th delivery of the over. However, his runup was halted as a spectator invaded the pitch. He came running towards Shadab Khan and saluted him subsequently.

Following the incident, the Pakistan all-rounder Shadab responded with a hug to the fan and the crowd acknowledged the beautiful gesture and a huge roar erupted.

Watch the video here:

Former West Indies cricketer Ian Bishop also acknowledged Khan’s gesture and appreciated him with a tweet.

“Great moment just now when a spectator ran onto the field. Instead of being violent with him (because it could have been dangerous, plus COVID), Shadab Khan hugged him and sent him on his way. #Beautiful. P: S, I understand all the reasons why that is frowned upon,” Ian Bishop tweeted.

Meanwhile, West Indies could only manage 155 runs in reply and surrendered a 120 runs defeat. Shadab Khan had a decent game as he scored 22 vital runs off 23 deliveries while batting first and also clinched two wickets with the ball.

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