India clinched its 8th Asia Cup title at the R Premdasa Stadium in Colombo yesterday with a commanding victory over Sri Lanka, winning by 10 wickets. Among the numerous record-breaking moments witnessed during the 2023 Asia Cup final, Mohammed Siraj’s exceptional bowling performance stood out, making him the first Indian bowler to secure four wickets in a single over in an ODI match.

While cricket enthusiasts worldwide celebrated Siraj’s remarkable performance, the truly heartwarming moment occurred during the post-match award ceremony. As Siraj was honored with the ‘Player of the Match’ award, along with a cash prize of $5,000 (₹4,16,440), he displayed an unexpected act of kindness.

For those following the tournament, the matches were plagued by rain showers, and the Sri Lankan groundsmen had tirelessly worked to ensure the field was ready for play. Earlier, Captain KL Rahul and Virat Kohli had also expressed their appreciation for the dedicated efforts of the Sri Lankan ground staff.

After leading India to victory in the Asia Cup finals, Siraj chose to dedicate his ‘Player of the Match’ prize to the groundsmen. In his acceptance speech, he stated, “This cash prize goes to groundsmen. They truly deserve it because without them, this tournament wouldn’t have been successful.”

Reportedly, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has also announced a $50,000 (₹41,64,845) award for the groundstaff in Sri Lanka.

Siraj’s gesture was met with thunderous applause in the stadium, as spectators and fans alike recognized his kindness and sportsmanship. The internet was abuzz with praises, acknowledging that he not only won an award but also captured the hearts of many.

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