Mumbai Indians allrounder Hardik Pandya took a knee in Sunday’s game towards the Rajasthan Royals as a part of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) motion. Pandya scored a scintillating 60 off 21 balls and after reaching his half-century on the penultimate ball of the innings with a six, he went down on a knee along with his proper arm raised and signalled in the direction of the Mumbai dugout to which stand-in captain Kieron Pollard responded with a raised proper fist.
Pandya posted an image of his gesture on his Twitter and Instagram accounts after the match with the caption, “BlackLivesMatter”.
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) October 25, 2020
Cricket joined palms with the BLM for the primary time when the West Indies workforce took a knee on their tour of England this summer season. Many gamers began speaking about racism within the aftermath of George Floyd’s loss of life within the USA in March earlier this yr and, after Daren Sammy opened up about potential references to the color of pores and skin through the IPL in 2013 and 2014, the motion picked up momentum through the CPL within the Caribbean as all groups took a knee earlier than the primary three video games of the event.
Extra lately, Jason Holder, who’s enjoying for the Sunrisers Hyderabad within the IPL, said to the Cricket Writers Club that he had not seen any dialogue about BLM within the IPL which he discovered “sad.”
The most recent event to formally see a workforce take the knee is the WBBL in Australia the place the Sydney Thunder decided to show the gesture all through the event. On Sunday, the opening day of the WBBL, the Adelaide Strikers and the Hobart Hurricanes took the knee and the Thunder would have finished the identical had their match towards the Sydney Sixers not been washed out.