Cricketers are remembered for the paragons of virtue or the sub-standard display on the field. The penultimate aim is to contribute something good for the team and what it really matters is to earn a good name in the cricketing fraternity so that the ardent followers take inspiration from the fellow athletes.
At the other end of the spectrum, even if you do a lot of good things, people will always reminisce about the wrong thing that you did in the past. AB de Villiers is the most admired and respected player in the world cricket and has been a pivotal part of Proteas history.
The 2007 incident is still there in our minds when AB de Villiers’ act was deemed contrary to the spirit of cricket when he didn’t walk off the field after being safely caught by Sachin Tendulkar at the slips.
A terrific ball from Zaheer Khan forced AB de Villiers to make a spur of the moment but had a huge deflection of the ball off the edge of his bat. The Indian team was convinced about the catch and so does Lakshman Sivaramakrishnan from the commentary box. But, the umpire Aleem Dar wasn’t completely certain to make a decision and remained standstill. The Indians couldn’t believe their eyes what they had witnessed.
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