Shikhar Dhawan Opens Up on the Story Behind his Kabaddi-style Celebration
Indian cricket team’s premier opener Shikhar Dhawan recently revealed the inspiration behind his signature Kabbadi-style celebration after grabbing a catch every time.
Meanwhile, the game of cricket has evolved, changed, and adapted over the years. And, it has got its own influence from other sports and the players have also gone under transformation.
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While the fast bowlers became the first one to don the signature moves after taking wickets, the batsmen also picked up the habit in between.
Interestingly, some of the moves become a symbol, like the Gangnam Style celebration of Windies team in the Twenty20 World Cup in 2012, others become ‘patented’ signature moves.
Dhawan is one of the prolific run-scorers in the modern-day cricket. The southpaw has shown the temperament to play according to the situations.
Whereas, he continues to impress fans with his batting and it is his fielding which needs more attention of the viewers.
Dhawan reveals the reason:
Every time Dhawan successfully pockets a catch on the field he turns towards the crowd to perform Kabaddi-like celebration.
Dhawan’s move has become an identification mark and the audiences can’t stop talking about it.
Speaking in a popular show, ‘Breakfast with Champions’, Dhawan revealed where he drew the inspiration from.
“This happened in Australia when I took Shane Watson’s catch. I like to watch kabaddi, it’s a manly sport. I enjoy it and celebrate taking catches very sincerely. People also look at me these days and do the celebration whenever I’m fielding near the boundary,” Dhawan said.
Meanwhile, Dhawan had a good season with the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the recently concluded Twenty20 competition.
The 32-year-old Shikhar Dhawan amassed 497 runs at an average of 38.23 with four half-centuries to his name.
He is now gearing up for the historic one-off Afghanistan Test which will be played in Bengaluru on June 14.