Bangladesh’s record chase against Sri Lanka in Nidahas Trophy was marked by wild celebration or ‘Naagin’ or snake dance by Mushfiqur Rahim who took the team to victory with an unbeaten 72. It has invited a lot of trolls on Rahim’s celebration after the win. In fact, cricket history has been replete with wild or funny celebrations post a win. Cricwizz lists the worst, best and funny celebrations post a win.
Let’s begin with the funny and wild celebrations first.
Sreesanth’s jig in 2007 Johannesburg Test: South Africa bowler Andre Nel took the wrong person to sledge during the match. Nel attempted to unsettle S Sreesanth by calling him a “scared rabbit”. Sreesanth chose to answer with his bat. The next ball he hoisted it for a six and broke into an impromptu jig to celebrate the moment. It was one of the perfect revenge stories that Bollywood can work on.
Lord’s T-shirt-waving incident: Before the NatWest series in England in 2002, England had drawn an ODI series 3-3 in India with Andrew Flintoff celebrating the win in the last game by going shirtless. In the subsequent NatWest series, India looked down and out in the final against England before Mohammad Kaif and Yuvraj Singh’s partnership bailed Team India out and gave Ganguly and Co. a memorable win. Indian skipper Ganguly celebrated the win by taking off his T-shirt and waving it over his head in the Lord’s balcony – an answer to Flintoff’s antics.
Ashes 2010-11 series celebrations: England posted a 3-1 Ashes series win over Australia Down Under in 2010-11. England had wild celebrations with a sprinkler which came under much criticism. Critics panned England for indulging in ‘sprinkler’ dance, stating it was in bade taste. The next series Down Under in 2013-14, England were blanked 0-5 and suffered a humiliating series loss.
The creative celebration:
Dab: Virat Kohli-led India are extremely aggressive and play the longest format passionately. During the second Test at Colombo against Sri Lanka last year, KL Rahul made a fine catch while fielding close to the Sri Lankan batsman Upul Tharana. Indian skipper Kohli and Rahul broke into a impromptu celebration to celebrate the wicket. They first rubbed their hands and then did the dab. A celebratory pose made famous by Manchester United striker Paul Pogba. Read the full story here.
The respectful celebration:
Usually, when you won a tight and close match, you tend to celebrate so widely that you forget to wish the losing opponents and congratulate them for playing hard cricket. But there are few exceptions. Former Australian cricketer Brett Lee, New Zealand batsman Graham Elliot, England woman cricketer Anya Shrubsole have been credited and praised for their sportsman’s spirit when they have come forward and gave a hand of consolation to the opponents after winning a close and tight match.
Shrubsole is the recent entrant to this list, winning ‘Spirit of Cricket’ Award last year after she went down to pacify South African captain Dane van Niekerk post England’s win in semis over the Proteas in 2017 Women’s World Cup.