‘Spirit of Cricket’: India U-19’s gesture after beating Japan is winning hearts

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India outclassed debutant Japan by 10 wickets in their second match of the ICC U-19 World Cup. (Source: CWC)

Defending champions India beat debutants Japan by 10 wickets in their second match of the ICC U-19 World Cup in Bloemfontein on Tuesday. Invited to bat first, Japan were bowled out for just 41 runs as they seemed helpless against a potent Indian attack.

Leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi was the wrecker-in-chief picking up four wickets. Chasing a paltry target, India needed just 4.5 overs to complete the formalities.

However, after the match, in a rare and heartwarming gesture India u19 skipper Priyam Garg called the Japanese captain and the rest of his side for a photo op. India's touching gesture was a sign of the wonderful spirit of sportsmanship and it did not go unnoticed, winning hearts online.

In this game, there is a cliched saying called the 'spirit of cricket' which goes beyond the on-field rivalries. Winning matches is important but sometimes when hearts are won, it tends to leave a more ever-lasting memory.

There have been some heart-warming moments on the field of cricket which commands a different sort of admiration altogether, even if it did not end in winning causes. There are some moments that stay with you long after the trophy is lifted.

India and Japan come together for a photo-op after the match.

The four-time champions are atop Group A and have virtually guaranteed themselves a place in the last-eight round. India will play New Zealand in their last group match on January 24.