Jhye Richardson’s spell of 4-26 was instrumental in Australia’s 34-run win over India in the first ODI of the series on Saturday and the young pacer was named Player of the Match afterwards. However, while players who win that award are usually handed some form of cash reward, Richardson’s prize left quite a lot to be desired.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 12, 2019
In a nice gesture, the prize money meant to be handed out to the player was donated to charity but the alternative award handed to Richardson – a bat grip and some shoe laces – had many fans confused.
— Steven Fitzgerald (@SFitzyyy) January 12, 2019
— Andy Mac (@andream75) January 12, 2019
Interesting to see ‘a bat grip and shoe laces’ being given to the Man of the Match as a prize in an international match.
— Parag Bhandiye (@im_parag21) January 12, 2019
Nice touch to donate the cash prize to charity but what’s with the remainder of the prize, bat grip and shoe laces?
— Antonio Carbone (@tonkydreamer) January 12, 2019
Jhye Richardson just got a bat grip and some shoe laces for winning MOTM in the #AUSVIND ODI What, they can’t even give him a bottle of champagne or something? Worst prize ever
— Sami Dowd (@samidowd) January 12, 2019
Did Jye Richardson seriously just get a bat grip and some show laces for the man of the match#AUSvIND
— Mike (@Mikeinnes7) January 12, 2019
The second ODI takes place at Adelaide on Tuesday (January 15).
First Published: January 12, 2019, 4:44 PM IST