With almost all sporting events cancelled around the world in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, people are looking for ways to keep themselves entertained during home isolation. And leading the way are professional sports personalities. Recently, New Zealand cricket skipper Kane Williamson shared a video on Instagram playing cricket with his pet, leaving a smile on netizens’ face.
The Black Caps captain is considered as the game’s one of the greatest batsmen in the world and it seems, his dog, Sandy is not too shabby a fielder. Stuck at home during the lockdown in his country, the ace cricketer shared a video of him playing cricket in his backyard with the pooch flaunting impressive reflexes and taking a catch.
“Sandy in the slips! 😀 Any other dogs out there joining Sandy? #caninecordon #daytwoisolation,” the 29-year-old cricketer wrote online while sharing the slow-motion video that has over 3 lakh view in less than 24 hours. In a rare occasion, the cricketer can be seen celebrating after being out.
Watch the video here:
The video quickly went viral and even spread to other social media platforms as well and people were very impressed by Sandy’s skills. While Australian ODI captain Aaron Finch commented, “This … is … everything!!!”, his teammate Jimmy Neesham dubbed it as Williamson’s “social media PB, easily.” NZ Labour Party leader Grant Robertson lauding the pooch’s precision tagged Ross Taylor and wrote, “Little movement of anticipation, set, eyes on ball. Solid technique, @rossltaylor3?”
Many joked that Williamson’s dog has been auditioning for a place in the New Zealand slip cordon, while many started tagging other cricketers to recreate the same challenge. English cricketer Tom Banton tried his dog to get into the challenge, however, it didn’t seem as interested. As the video went viral, many shared their own version too while praising Sandy.
— Tom Banton (@TBanton18) March 27, 2020
Got him! pic.twitter.com/vfXLL4FLiC
— Tim Ambrose (@timambrose2016) March 27, 2020
We had a go too, a more packed corden pic.twitter.com/RNt8HTdmHh
— George Harrison (@georgerh23) March 27, 2020
We have now realised that Frenchies aren’t the best dogs for slip fielding pic.twitter.com/hmOpD476nS
— Mark Ellis (@mjellisuk) March 27, 2020
— Aman Ashraff (@amanashraff) March 27, 2020
Is the dog in line for a call-up in the #T20WC? Looks a promising prospect though may find batting awkward…
— Arthur_S (@allanholloway) March 27, 2020
Never seen a batsman that happy after being caught in third slip!
— A Khare (@AlbertKhare1981) March 27, 2020
Sign him up for IPL❤️🐕
— Nalini (@NaliniPetal) March 27, 2020
What a wicket keeper 😳👌👌
— k.rai (@kulwant692) March 27, 2020
— Mick Hynes (@hynes63) March 27, 2020
New Zealand declared a state of emergency and so far the country has recorded over 450 coronavirus cases but the country hasn’t reported any deaths so far.
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