Under-19 World Cup 2016 January 31, 2016

'Honest' van Lingen defends his walk

Namibia Under-19s celebrate their two-wicket win over South Africa Under-19s © ICC

The South Africans roared in appeal as Sean Whitehead got one to slide past the left-hand batman Michael van Lingen, who appeared to have edged the ball to wicketkeeper Kyle Verreynne. However, the umpire Enamul Haque said no to them, irking the South Africans. A moment later, though, van Lingen started to walk towards the pavilion.

It took everyone a few seconds to realise that van Lingen was walking. Some of the South Africa players looked at him while Lohan Louwrens tried to tell van Lingen something, but they were too far from each other by then.

Some of the parents of the South Africa players could be hear saying "good sportsmanship". There were also some claps from van Lingen's team-mates in the dressing-room.

Namibia had just slipped to 50 for 4 chasing 137 runs against the defending champions South Africa, with their biggest win ever on the line. What van Lingen did apparently did not go down too well with his team-mates, but he would not have done it any other way.

"It is the nature of my game," van Lingen told ESPNcricinfo. "If I am out, I'm out. To be an honest person, and be as good a sportsman as I can. I think I just felt inside me to just walk."

But when he had walked off, did he have any lingering feeling that perhaps he could have stayed back?

"There's always the feeling there. Some of my teammates said they wouldn't have walked; they would stayed in. I just had the feeling I had to go."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Dramit Singh on February 1, 2016, 9:32 GMT

    Hats of to you mate.you showed a true sporting spirit and this is way cricket should be played.i guess guys like george bailey and glen maxwell from Australia should learn something from this young cricketer from namibia.

  • Gordon on February 1, 2016, 1:01 GMT

    When I did that once while playing in the New Hebrides (now Vanuatu), the umpire who had given me "Not Out" - a volatile Scot - was so angry he followed me all the way into the changing shed and ordered the scorer to record me as "retired, out"!

  • Mahmud Miah on February 1, 2016, 0:56 GMT

    What a great man you are, a true sportman and a great honest human beings. I salute u my man.

  • Satishkumar on January 31, 2016, 21:11 GMT

    This is a great sportsmanship from youngster. He deserves man of the match award for his honest runs and made honest decision when his team was really in trouble. I wish him well and successful career.

  •   Ed Lamb on January 31, 2016, 20:45 GMT

    Says a lot about the game when an article get's written about a guy walking when he's out, as if that should surprise us. Shame.

  • Binodbikash on January 31, 2016, 18:19 GMT

    Well done young man. Afterwards this is "gentleman's game".

  • maruf on January 31, 2016, 17:01 GMT

    "If I am out, I'm out. To be an honest person, and be as good a sportsman as I can." I salute you van Lingen. wish you goodluck.

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