It’s a common experience to witness players coming up with new and unique celebration techniques on the field after bowling out the opposition.
The current playing conditions have made it too batsmen friendly and difficult for the bowlers to steal the limelight by bagging wickets. Hence, any wicket bagged by the bowler is definitely a matter of rejoice for him. Many unique and strange styles of celebrations by the bowlers in the field can be witnessed following any dismissal. A similar sort of style was seen adopted by the Carribbean cricketer, Ashley Nurse in the ongoing Indo-Windies series. He was adjudged as the man of the match for his useful contributions both with the bat and the ball.
He smashed a quick 40 off just 22 deliveries towards the end to help the team get to a respectable total. Apart from that he also bagged two crucial wickets with a miserly economy rate to seal the Indian innings much ahead of the target.
During the 18th over of second innings of the match, Nurse dismissed Dhawan through a plumb LBW delivery. It was a flat delivery directed right onto the pads which Dhawan mistimed while going for the sweep. Nurse’s joy knew no bounds and he started making his trademark “Babaji Ka Thullu” celebrations.
A similar sort of celebration was also seen from the bowler during the second ODI after he was successful in claiming the wicket of Ambati Rayudu. It was indeed unique and altogether funny which became most talked topic on social media as well. Some compared it with Bangladesh players’s unique Nagin dance but he ruled out all anticipations regarding his style of celebration in the post match presentation ceremony.
He talked about his innings and was happy with his performance as it contributed to the team’s win. He further revealed that his “Babaji Ka Thullu” celebration was something that he inherited from his Indian friend Sunny Sohal, current player of the national team of the United States of America.
“I guess it was my day. I guess I played with a lot of free spirit. When Shai got out, I had to do something because the score was not that big. Sometimes you can be the hero, sometimes it can go down to zero as well. If I get a 50-50 chance to win the game, I back myself to do it. Just dedicating the celebration to my Indian friend – Sunny Sohal, whom I met at the CPL. He told me, when you get a wicket do a ‘Babaji ka thullu’ or something.”