MI all-rounder Hardik Pandya becomes first cricketer in IPL 13 to kneel in support of ‘PLM’ movement


Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya not only stole a show with a 21-ball 60-knock for MI against the Rajasthan Royals, but also won the hearts of millions around the world in the IPL 2020 encounter in Abu Dhabi. On Saturday.

In the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Hardik Pandya became the first player to get down on his knees and lend his support to the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.

After reaching the milestone in the final ball of the innings against Rajasthan Royals, Pandya raised his right hand and got down on his knees, giving the MI innings a quick pace with a half-ton blister.

‘In a noble gesture that stood as a testament to his support and solidarity with the Black Lives movement; Pandya signaled towards the Mumbai Indians duckout during Rajasthan’s win at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, with stand-in captain Kieron Pollard responding with a right hand fist.

After the match, the all-rounder posted a picture of his gesture on his social media maneuvers titled “Black Lives Matter”.

World-class athletes around the world have been firmly behind the Black Lives movement, which has been reducing racism over color since the death of African-American George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer in May this year.

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Leading athletes from all parts of the global sports fraternity support the Black Lives Matter movement

The first event to highlight cricketers’ support for the ‘PLM’ movement came to light when cricketers from both England and the West Indies, along with match officials, took to their knees during a three-match Test series earlier this summer.

The LA Lakers won their 17th NBA Championship 2020 National Basketball Association (NBA) business end of the season wearing black armor with African American heritage basketball superstars in the context of the ‘Black Lives Movement’ to show their support and solidarity with the movement that has engulfed not only the United States but the whole world. ‘Jersey is playing.

A few days ago, Delhi capital’s fast bowler Kagiso Rabada said athletes should spread the message of racial equality.

“It’s important that people do not feel inferior. Freedom of mind is the most important thing. I think this is the message you especially want to spread as an athlete when you have a platform to express this. A lot of people do follow you because it’s the nature of an athlete – to compare me to every person who does not play cricket. There is nothing else to see – but I am now on a platform where people can be heard, ”Rabada told reporters.

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