KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya bring tradition of football shirt swapping to cricket



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Both players exchanged shirts as a sign of friendship and mutual respect after a final final at Wankhede Stadium

Swapping shirts at the end of a football match has been a familiar sight for decades. Remember Pelé and Bobby More swapping shirts and kissing after Brazil beat England 1-0 in the 1970 World Cup? Cricket got a taste of it when KL Rahul of Kings XI Punjab and Hardik Pandya of Mumbai Indians exchanged jerseys as a sign of friendship and mutual respect after a last sawtooth final at IPL at the stadium Wankhede.

“We’ve seen this happen in football a lot and Hardik and I are good friends,” said Rahul. iplt20.com. “I thought it would be nice to collect shirts and bring that tradition to cricket as well. We didn’t talk about his earlier. While we were talking I said ‘give me your jersey’ and he wanted my jersey too. So we exchanged jerseys. That’s a very nice thing. “

IPL is a strange place where friends become enemies. Delhi teammates Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir have previously faced off in a match between the Royal Challengers and the Kolkata Knight Riders, with another Delhi player at the time, Rajat Bhatia, stepping in to calm things down.

On Wednesday night, Rahul looked despondent and berated himself after fighting for a sublime 94 and letting Kings XI need 20 on nine balls. They ultimately lost by three points and their playoff chances were beaten. Hardik also took a beating, conceding 42 points in four overs without taking a wicket. But it all ceased to matter at the end of the match and the shirts changed hands.


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