Usually, we hear a lot of noise regarding why cricket is much more than a game for some and even though it is, it’s really difficult to pin point why exactly that is. But after watching this spirited and inspirational bit of sportsmanship you’ll never ask that question.
Take a look at Liam Thomas, member of the England Physical Disabilities team, who dived with full force while fielding against Pakistan in the final if the ICC Academy Invitational T20 tournament in Dubai on Sunday and lost his prosthetic leg doing so.
What’s more inspiring is that Thomas didn’t even care one bit after losing his artificial leg and instead decided to hop on one leg to complete the throw. “It just happened, really. I was sprinting for the ball, put my hand out, hit the deck hard and the next thing I know I stood up and had no leg," Thomas said after the match. "I didn't know whether to grab the leg or get the ball in. I decided to go for the ball.”
England eventually lost by three wickets but Thomas was happy that they fought hard and fought fair even though it was not enough on the day. "Having a disability, we all take the fun out of each other a little bit, we all have each other's backs, so we are all trying to give each other grief when something like that happens," he said.
With stories like these it isn’t easy to fathom how challenging the sport of cricket can be for some players and yet the love for the sport overhauls every obstacle that comes their way. Here’s to the fighting spirit of Liam Thomas because with players like him we know that the sport is in very good hands indeed!