Earning a national team Test cap is one of the significant milestones in any cricketers career. Receiving the Test cap is a matter of immense pride, and any cricketer in the world would dream of wearing it regularly.
However, to the joy of one supporter, on the fourth day of the first Test match between Pakistan and New Zealand, leg spinner Yasir Shah tossed his Test cap to the spectator at Mount Maunganui.
The fan was left speechless, and his bewildered reaction was caught on the camera. The heartwarming moment went viral on social media.
Watch the video below:
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) December 29, 2020
Social media users had mixed reactions to this gesture by Yasir Shah. Some appreciated the kind gesture, while others believed that “a Test cap should not be given out so cheaply.”
Simple things can mean so much !!! As a cricket fanatic I can feel that fans joy and the goodwill that was spread in those few moments. Given the bad publicity at beginning of the tour, moments like this will be broadcast and NZ public will connect with it. Well done Yasir 👏🏼
— Dynamo Duke (@duke_dynamo) December 29, 2020
— Amira (@FAVPTI) December 29, 2020
New Zealand all-rounder, Jimmy Neesham, who is known for his witty tweets was left speechless:
Surely not 😳 https://t.co/DuQP3jbTp6
— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) December 29, 2020
However, some were not happy with Yasir’s actions:
@dohagames just see this stupid man… I think pcb should take strict action against him as only test cricketers are allowed to wear this cap… these caps are not made to distribute like this… this is serious ….
— Shahid Shah (@shahidtrimzi) December 29, 2020
Generous yes… but in the middle of a game? https://t.co/E88txJ8okD
— Rick Eyre on cricket (@rickeyrecricket) December 29, 2020
Yasir Shah and Lionel Messi comparisons are inevitable:
We sometimes get the feeling he looks like Leo Messi! 😁
— SportRadioAS (@SportRadioAS1) December 29, 2020
What do you think? Should Yasir have given away his Test cap? Write your thoughts in the comments section below!