It was a moment of joy for the Bangladeshi cricket fans in Dhaka when Bangladesh recorded their maiden ODI series win against Pakistan by registering their second win in the three match series. One could see the joy on the face of the stand-in skipper Shakib Al-Hassan after the accomplishment. Not a long while ago, it was the same Bangladeshi team who were left with tears after the World Cup exit following a herculean group stage effort. The players have never been shy of showing their emotions; as the adage goes, real men do not hide their emotions. And on most occasions, these champions win hearts despite being on the losing side. Here is a total recall of some of the greatest moments of sporting history when the men couldn’t control their emotions.
Virat Kohli in ICC World T20 2012
India had a great run in the tournament yet they needed to accomplish a win with heavy margin over South Africa to make it to the semis. The moment India failed to stick to the stipulated run barrier while restricting the African run chase; Virat Kohli couldn’t stop his emotions on the boundary line trying to hold back his tears.
Team South Africa in ICC CWC 2015
The dream run of the Proteas ended in the semi final when George Elliot hit the winning runs for the New Zealand team. Most of the South African players were shell shocked and as all-rounder Rilee Rossouw quoted ‘we believed this world cup was ours’ said it all. Morne Morkel cried his heart out and needed a lot of consolation. Skipper AB de Villiers wasn’t shy in showing his emotions too as tears rolled down his eyes. Albeit Africa lost the game, they won the hearts of millions.
Team Bangladesh in Asia Cup Final 2012
Bangladesh, having made it to the final against Pakistan, was left heartbroken after their defeat. Skipper Shakib was seen crying his heart out as the dreams of the nation collapsed with the defeat.
David Luiz in FIFA WC 2014
Footballers are never behind in expressing themselves. Brazilian player David Luiz could not control the tears when Brazil lost to Germany in the semi finals. The hopes of the host nation to get back the world cup had come to an end.
James Rodriguez in FIFA WC 2014
The Colombian striker had a tough time holding back his tears after the quarter final defeat at the hands of mighty Brazil in the World Cup. He was seen being comforted by fellow players after the game.
Roger Federer in Australian Open 2009
The Rafa-Fedex rivalry had already begun and the Federer’s crown of being the world’s best was being questioned. When the Spaniard defeated the Swiss master in the Grand Slam finals, this fact was pretty much evident in the eyes of the legend. Federer broke into tears.
All these gentlemen might have lost the games, but they certainly did win the hearts.