Kings XI Punjab’s opening batsman KL Rahul set the Wankhede Stadium on fire with a blistering 94 off 60 balls against Mumbai Indians in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 match on Wednesday night.
Despite his brilliant knock, Ravichandran Ashwin-led Punjab team suffered a three-run defeat in a thrilling contest at the hands of Mumbai Indians.
After the game, MI all-rounder Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul swapped their team jerseys in front of the home crowd.
We have seen players exchanging jerseys in football matches but it was the first instance when two players exchanged their jersey in the IPL.
The fans were extremely pleased with Hardik and Rahul’s gesture. Everyone lauded their sportsmanship. Both the players have been Indian teammates. They determined that at the end of it, it was a game and both continue to be great friends. While some also took this opportunity to make some jokes, others appreciated the trend.
Here’s Twitterati reacted to the jersey exchange moment between Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul:
If SPORTSMANSHIP was to be described through a picture. Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, you beauty.#MIvKXIP
(Pic Credits – IPL & BCCI) pic.twitter.com/YDEukUrjaT
— Jaanvi 🏏 (@ThatCric8Girl) May 16, 2018
— नूपुर सिंह (@nupurr_singh) May 16, 2018
KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya exchanging their tees, made me cry for a bit. That’s why I love cricket so much. #Vivoipl2018
— Hamza-A (@IemHamza) May 16, 2018
T-shirt changes between Pandya and Rahul, love to watch, after all good news for Nation #MIvKXIP
— Vinit Malik (@v_malik007) May 16, 2018
— The Cricket Times (@CricketTimesHQ) May 16, 2018
KLrahul and hardik pandya exchanged their jerseys this is the beauty of cricket respect towards the team pic.twitter.com/pWEdzyYati
— A.Raghu ram reddy (@Araghuramreddy8) May 17, 2018
KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya exchanging the jersey…Unity
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) May 16, 2018
— jayesh3396 (@jbhadani60) May 16, 2018
KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya exchanging jerseys is a sight for many #IPLs to come. 👍🏼
— Vishal Mehra (@vishal_mehra1) May 16, 2018
Pandya and KL Rahul Exchanging their Team Jersey's.
Enna Da Football Tradition'a Follow Panraanuva. 😂
— ArunachalaM (@ArunbuddyAP) May 16, 2018
— वरुण कांत शर्मा (@VarunSharma08) May 16, 2018