”Cricket is just a game,” they say. ”Why cry over it when your favorite player fails or your team loses a match? They don’t even care, it’s all about the money”. This is the most common argument given by a non-cricket fan whenever I get sad and emotional after Team India loses any fixture.
But, time and again, we have seen several instances on the field where cricketers have shown that cricket isn’t just a game, it’s an emotion.
On that note, here’s a look at instances when cricketers couldn’t control their tears on the field:
Shafali Verma- ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final, 2020
The 16-year-old swashbuckling opening batter from Rohtak, Shafali Verma made heads turn with her free-spirited approach while batting and of course her disdainful stroke play during the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia.
Verma’s fireworks and the all-round performance of the bowlers played a major role in India reaching the final of the quadrennial event where they took on defending champions Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
But, unfortunately, Shafali and the rest of the Indian team had an off-day against the world champions as they failed to rise to the occasion in front of 86,000 people at the ‘G.
India were eventually humbled and during the post-match presentation, young Shafali couldn’t hold back her tears.