England pacer Stuart Broad was unimpressed with the International Cricket Council (ICC) invoking the ‘Spirit of Cricket’ while praising the Indian captain, Virat Kohli over helping Joe Root with his cramps on Day 1 of the ongoing Test match in Chennai.
On Friday, in the searing conditions in Chennai, Joe Root notched up his 20th Test ton – third in a row – continuing his supreme form with the bat. After notching up the three-figure score, Root decided to attack the tired Indian bowlers.
On the last ball of the 87th over, the English skipper brought out the mighty slog-sweep against Ravichandran Ashwin and harrumphed the ball over the midwicket boundary for a maximum. In the process, Root also fell on the ground as he was in pain from his cramps after battling hard in the hot and humid conditions in Chennai.
I ran a drink out too: Stuart Broad
The right-hander tumbled on the ground as he found it difficult to balance himself. Soon, Indian captain, Virat Kohli helped his counterpart by stretching his leg before the England team physio came.
ICC eulogized this gesture by Virat Kohli to help his opponent despite Root being on top of the Indian bowlers. The governing posted a photo of the same and appreciated Virat Kohli’s ‘Spirit of cricket’ gesture.
“When England captain Joe Root was struck by cramps, Virat Kohli was the first to his aid. A heart-warming Spirit of Cricket gesture” captioned ICC.
However, Stuart Broad, who is rested for the first Test in place of James Anderson and was carrying drinks, mocked ICC by asking if he should also be lauded with the Spirit of Cricket award for providing Root with fluids.
“I ran a drink out too, spirit of cricket award?” commented Stuart Broad.
Stuart Broad is rested for the first Test match against India in Chennai and is likely to come back in the eleven in place of Anderson at some point in the series – this is the rotation policy instituted by the England management to keep the players fresh and away from injuries and manage their workload owing to a busy year ahead.
Broad is currently England’s second-highest wicket-taker with 517 scalps behind Anderson’s 606. The pacer is at his peak in the recent past averaging just 14.76 last year.