Bangladesh opening batsman Imrul Kayes added a new dimension in the celebration of a cricketing feat when he cradled his bat after completing his third one-day international century against Zimbabwe on Sunday. Imrul, who went on to score 144 off 140 balls, did this apparently to acknowledge his first child, who was born on September 29. New Age’s Ashfaq-ul Alam looked back at some of the unique celebrations by Bangladeshi players in the past.
Tamim Iqbal, Dhaka 2012
Tamim, after completing his fifty in the Asia Cup final against Pakistan in 2012, removed his glove and counted one to four with his fingers and pointed it towards the crowd. It was symbolic of Tamim scoring four back-to-back fifties in the Asia Cup. This celebration was an emphatic statement from Tamim for his critics.
Mahmudullah, Adelaide 2015
Mahmudullah became the first Bangladeshi to score a hundred in World Cup, by scoring his maiden century in an ODI in a do-or-die match against England in the 2015 World Cup. After reaching the three-figure mark, Mahmudullah took off his helmet and blew a kiss for his family watching back home in Dhaka. Mahmudullah’s century propelled Bangladesh to a historic victory against the English Lions.
Sakib al Hasan, Dhaka 2016
Sakib bowled Ben Stokes and in the evening session of the third day of the Dhaka Test and greeted Stokes with a salute as he was walking back to the shed. Stokes, who was standing in the way of Bangladesh’s first Test victory against England, was given this grand send-off by Sakib. Bangladesh made quick-work of the rest of the batsmen and secured their historic victory.
Tamim Iqbal, Lord’s 2010
Tamim Iqbal charging towards the dressing room, signaling the curator of Lord’s to put his name on the honour’s board is a fairytale moment in Bangladesh cricket. Tamim blasted the English bowling and reached his hundred in only 94 balls and became the first Bangladeshi to score a century in the Mecca of Cricket.
Mushfiqur Rahim, Wellington, 2017
After completing his century in a mammoth partnership (359) with Sakib against New Zealand, Mushfiq celebrated his feat by bringing out a coin from his pocket and pointing it towards the dressing room. He later revealed that he had found the coin on the streets and Tamim had told him to keep it with him as it would bring him runs.
Mashrafee – Taskin, Melbourne, 2015
After getting the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane against India in the Quarter-final of the 2015 World Cup, the wicket-taker Taskin Ahmed and overjoyed captain Mashrafee bin Murtaza chest-bumped with each other. Bangladesh failed to win the match but their chest-bump celebration remains a fond memory for Bangladeshi fans.
Mushfiqur Rahim, Colombo, 2018
Mushfiqur Rahim hammered career-best 72 off 35 balls and won a high-scoring match against hosts Sri Lanka. After taking the final run Mushfiq roared at the bowler Thisara Perera and then did the ‘Cobra’ celebration of his fellow team-mate Nazmul Islam. This celebration made headlines in world media.
Source: New Age.