CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 05: Daryl Mitchell of New Zealand celebrates his century during day three of the Second Test match in the series between New Zealand and Pakistan at Hagley Oval on January 05, 2021 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)
Daryl Mitchell has won the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award for 2021, the game’s governing body announced on Wednesday (February 2). Mitchell refused a single at a crucial stage of the run chase against England in the T20 World Cup semifinal last year in November.
New Zealand needed 34 to win off 18 deliveries when the incident occurred. Adil Rashid tried to stop the ball on his follow-through after James Neesham had hit the ball slightly wide of the bowler. However, with Rashid colliding with the non-striker Mitchell, the New Zealander refused to take a single as he felt he was in the bowler’s way and eventually sent back Neesham.
The 30-year-old managed to still get the job done for his side as he finished unbeaten on 72 to book New Zealand’s place in the final.
Mitchell is the fourth New Zealand player to have received this award after Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum, and Kane Williamson.