Indian International cricketer and Mumbai Indians player Hardik Pandya become the first player in this year’s ongoing IPL edition to take a knee in support of the worldwide movement called Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter Cricket is a trend among cricketers all over the world to support BLM Movement.
The incident took place during Mumbai Indians’ match against Rajasthan Royals which was played in Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium on Sunday 25th October 2020.
It all happened when the all-rounder played an innings of 60 runs in 21 balls. The great gesture was made when he reached his half-century in 19th over. It was then when he kneeled down on one knee and raised his right arm to show his support for BLM ( Black Lives Matter) movement.
West Indian All-Rounder and Mumbai Indians’ skipper Keiron Pollard was in the dressing room when this happened and he stood up and raised his fist too as a gratitude to what Hardik Pandya did. He was delighted and that was clearly visible in his expressions.
Hardik Pandya Showing Support Of Black Lives Matter Cricket
After the match was over, he even uploaded a picture on Twitter. The caption said “#BlackLivesMatter”.
Before this incident, Jason Holder talked about it a week ago where he showed his disappointment about no one talking about it in IPL.
This gesture started after the unfortunate death of African-American Gregory Floyd. It happened this May when he stopped breathing after a white police officer pressed his knee on the neck of the deceased. The officer was identified as Derek CHauvin. The incident went viral on social media as well.
Even In Women’s Big Bash, which started on Sunday, saw a team take a knee in support of BLM Movement. Sydney Thunder was the team that did this and decided to do this the entire tournament.
They all stood against racism. After England’s and West Indies’ team, Hardik Pandya was the player to stand up and do this gesture to support BLM and stand against racism.
Before IPL, Pakistan and Australia also played a series and Holder was sad to see that no one came up to raise the issue. He said this
“I was a bit disappointed to see how the Pakistan and Australia tours that went on after ours, that they were not showing their solidarity afterwards. It’s a hard challenge and a long hard road. It’s not an overnight fix, but the most important thing is we need to come together and see each other as equal human beings”.
“I haven’t had one conversation [in the IPL] around it. Sometimes it seems it has gone unnoticed, which is a sad thing. I guess it’s for us to re-highlight the importance of it.”
Many Celebrities and Sports Person have come in support of Black Lives Matter and stand up against Racism. Kagiso Rabada have been saying that people need to stand up and talk against racism. Message should be delivered by crickets about Racial Equality.
West Indies was the first team to travel after the pandemic, and it was when they went to play in England. Both West Indies and England kneeled on one knee as support to BLM movement.
In this way Black Live Matter Cricket is supported by various Cricketers including Hardik Pandya, Kagiso Rabada and Jason Holder.