Liam Livingstone Comes Out To Bat Despite Broken Thumb With Shin Pad As Protection

The picture of Liam Livingstone peeking from the dressing room balcony and ready to go into the field is the best thing you'll see today

In cricket, we have seen Anil Kumble walking out to the field with a broken jaw, Graeme Smith trying to save a Test match with an injured thumb, Dale Steyn limping instead of holding on to crutches in an attempt to provide support and even Sachin Tendulkar deciding to stay on the field despite blood gushing out of his nose. English cricketer Liam Livingstone, today, entered the honourable list of cricketers who put their team ahead of their injury.

Livingstone injured his thumb on Day 1 of the County Championship match between Yorkshire and Lancashire. The Lancashire skipper did not bat in the first innings as Lancashire suffered a batting collapse and managed to put only 109 runs on the board. Lancashire needed to score 322 runs in the fourth innings to win the match.

The batsmen played better than in the first innings but Joe Root starred with his career-best bowling figures to reduce them to 204 for 9 on Day 4. Livingstone, who was waiting in the balcony, padded up with an unusual shin pad on his left hand (with a cast) to cover his fractured thumb.

People were touched by Livingstone’s selfless gesture and took to Twitter to laud the 24-year-old —

Shin pad is used by players fielding at the short leg position to prevent themselves from injury. However, the destructive right-handed batsman did not get to play a single ball as James Anderson got bowled by Root.

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Lancashire will be hoping that Livingstone recovers soon as he has been phenomenal in the NatWest T20 Blast 2018, both with the bat and ball. He scored 288 runs from 6 games in the T20 tournament, including one century and a half-century.