Cricket is all about handling the pressure. Packed stadiums, high-voltage games, big expectations, and having to make the country proud - all of this can take a toll on cricketers.
But every now and then, we get to witness something on and off the field that makes us root for the game and truly believe why it is called "the gentleman's game."
After Yuzvendra Chahal provided a helping hand to his Pakistani counterpart Usman Khan by tying his shoelaces during the match, Shoaib Malik's heartfelt gesture after Afghanistan lost the thriller on Friday has become everyone's favorite moment from the on-going Asia Cup.
Chasing a competitive 258 to win, Pakistan reached the target with just three balls to spare with the former captain Malik playing the match-winning knock.
With an unbeaten 51, one would expect Malik to celebrate after he pushed his team towards a nail-biting victory. Instead, he decided to walk up to teary-eyed Aftab Alam to hug and console him, after he had given away the winning runs to Pakistan.
Malik's thoughtful gesture didn't go unnoticed and Twitter praised the former captain for displaying the true spirit of cricket.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
Afghanistan fought valiantly but couldn't win. However they've already won a lot of hearts.
So graceful from Shoaib Malik to first console Aftab Alam (who bowled the final over)September 22, 2018
Aftab Alam the bowler, absolutely gutted. Shoaib Malik, the batsman who won the match consoling him. Picture of the day. pic.twitter.com/bqy8WOJeQi— Hassan Cheema (@Gotoxytop1) September 21, 2018
What a character Shoaib Malik (@realshoaibmalik) is: he walks up to the crestfallen, inconsolable Aftab Alam & pats on his back to have a few words of encouragement. Ali did the same. Such tender moments surely win hearts. Wish there was no hatred around. #PAKvAFG #AsiaCup2018 pic.twitter.com/ZiJR1VSWkk— Tahir Ibn Manzoor (@TahirIbnManzoor) September 21, 2018
What a fine gesture by Shoaib Malik to go and console crying Aftab Alam. There is lot of political tension between two countries but humanity at its best. Shoaib Malik, you super human! #PAKvAFG— Yash (@KaliKaEkka) September 21, 2018
Instead of celebrating their hard fought victory, Pakistani batsmen consoling distraught Afghan bowler who bowled the last over. That’s how we need to be, humane, humble and gracious, yet strong and firm against all odds. #PAKvAFG pic.twitter.com/6EeoRWQ16f— Gen Ghulam Mustafa-R (@_GhulamMustafa_) September 21, 2018