It’s an honor to receive the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award – Daryl Mitchell 

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Daryl Mitchell receives the ICC Spirit of the Cricket Award after refusing a single in a T20 World Cup semi-final against England

ICC awarded Daryl Mitchell with the Spirit of the Cricket Award after he refused a single in a high-pressure semi-final game against England in a T20 World Cup 2021 at UAE.

ICC awarded Daryl Mitchell with Spirit of the Cricket Award for his gesture in the recently concluded T20 World Cup at UAE after he refused a single in a high-pressure semi-final game against England.

As a result of that gesture, Mitchell has become the fourth New Zealander to win the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award, following the footsteps of Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum, and Kane Williamson.

Mitchell won the award for refusing to take a single in the high-pressure T20 World Cup semi-final against England in Abu Dhabi on November 10, 2021.

“It’s an honor to receive the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award,”

Mitchell said in an official release. 

“To be part of that T20 World Cup in UAE was an amazing experience, and to receive an award like this is pretty cool.”

“It’s something that we pride ourselves on as New Zealanders, the way we go about playing our cricket, and yes, the Spirit of Cricket side. Personally, I felt I got in the way and we wanted to win on our terms, and didn’t want to be controversial in such a big game,”

he added.

In the first semi-final of the 2021 ICC Men’s 2021 T20 World Cup at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, England and New Zealand were set to lock their horns in a knock-out game to reach the final. Batting first, England had posted a competitive target of 166/4 on the board following a fine half-century from Moeen Ali.

While New Zealand was on the course to chase the target with a well-settled Mitchell who established a partnership with James Neesham, a man in fine form and the incident occurred on the first ball of the 18th over bowled by Adil Rashid, while New Zealand was at 133/4.

Neesham smashed the ball down the ground and it would have been an easy single but Mitchell, at the non-striker’s end, refused to take the run, considering that he had hold-up, Rashid – in a high-pressure chase, with a World Cup final semi-final at stake, Mitchell’s gesture of not taking a single took the heart of many.

Ultimately, New Zealand won the contest quite easily with an over to spare. Mitchell who batted throughout the innings with sheer confidence proved to be the match-winner, playing a memorable knock of 72* in only 47 deliveries, also hitting the winning runs to take his side home.

New Zealand, however, ended the campaign as runners-up after losing the final of the World Cup to Australia by a huge margin of eight wickets.

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