A wonderful moment occurred during Match 20 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 between the South Africa National Cricket Team and the England National Cricket Team when the explosive Proteas batsman Heinrich Klaasen apologized to pacer Mark Wood for his aggressive century celebration.
Klaasen played a stunning knock in the match against the Three Lions and smashed a spectacular century at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday, October 21.
He smashed 109 runs off 67 balls, with 12 fours and 4 sixes, and was involved in a 151-run partnership with Marco Jansen.
Klaasen completed his century in style by smashing Mark Wood for a six and four in the 47th over. After completing his century, the wicketkeeper-batter, who battled heat, humidity, and cramps en route to his ton, brought out an aggressive celebration and roared in front of Wood.
However, at the end of the over Klaasen went towards Wood to apologize for his over-the-top celebration as the pacer didn’t like it. Also, the duo exchanged a fist-bump.
Watch – Heinrich Klaasen Apologizes To Mark Wood
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Klaasen’s hundred was the fifth ton for South Africa in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, which is the joint most for them in a single edition of the tournament.
The legendary India National Cricket Team batsman Sachin Tendulkar was extremely impressed with the batting performances of Marco Jansen and Heinrich Klaasen and he took to his official X handle to shower praise on the duo.
“Klass act by Klaasen!! He is extremely good at picking the length early and does it better than most. Initially Marco played sensibly and later attacked brutally. Key partnership to take SA to 399,” batting great Sachin Tendulkar stated.
Klass act by Klaasen!!
He is extremely good at picking the length early and does it better than most. Initially Marco played sensibly and later attacked brutally. Key partnership to take SA to 399.#ENGvSA pic.twitter.com/srSVXCdu7J
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 21, 2023
Overall, the Proteas posted 399/7 on the board in 50 overs and this was the highest total against the England National Cricket Team in the history of ODI cricket.
South Africa (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock(w), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram(c), Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Gerald Coetzee, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi
England (Playing XI): Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler(w/c), David Willey, Adil Rashid, Gus Atkinson, Mark Wood, Reece Topley