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11 Heartwarming World Cup Moments That Prove Cricket Is The Gentleman's Game

These men are the real winners of the Cricket World Cup.

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South Africa were agonisingly booted out of the World Cup by New Zealand today.

Grant Elliot hit Dale Steyn for a six in the penultimate ball of the innings to crush the Proteas' dreams of a maiden World Cup final appearance.

2. Australia's Shane Watson and Pakistan's Wahab Riaz congratulated each other on a great game, even after a heated battle on the pitch.


Both players were fined for excessive aggression during the hotly contested quarter-final match.


They even took to Twitter to show us what sportsmanship is really about.

It was a good battle on the feild. U played well. @ShaneRWatson33 . Wishing u best of luck for the semi's . #Respect

5. Indian skipper MS Dhoni walked back to the pavilion with West Indies keeper Denesh Ramdin after the match.

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Showing all young cricketers how a true legend carries himself around his opponents, whether he is winning or losing.


6. Nuwan Kulasekara walked off the pitch despite being adjudged not out against South Africa.


It was probably the noblest moment of fair play in this entire World Cup, because South Africa had no reviews remaining, and Kulasekara could have simply stood his ground.

But Kohli, usually one to give it right back, walked away in dignified silence.

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He even refused to celebrate when Rubel Hossain lost his wicket in the next innings. Showing us that even bad boys can sometimes grow up to be gentlemen.

8. Brendan Taylor, Zimbabwe's best cricketer in years, got the most tearjerking reception after being dismissed in his very last match.

He was congratulated not just by his own teammates, but the Indian opponents and even the fans appreciated what he has done for the game.


10. And India vs. Pakistan may be the most intense match in cricket, but Sohail Khan made all our hearts melt before the clash even begun.

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We may tear each other apart on the pitch, but off it, we're all just from the same place, aren't we?

11. Allow us to leave you with this cute and heartwarming moment during the World Cup Opening Ceremony.

The captains of the Cricket World Cup just being dorky, putting aside the fact that their livelihood depends on beating each other.