IPL 2020: RR pacer Jofra Archer comes up with Bihu dance to celebrate Prithvi Shaw’s wicket
Taking inspiration from his RR teammate Parag, Archer tried to imitate a step of the Assamese Bihu dance.
Updated - Oct 15, 2020 12:16 pm
Rajasthan Royals (RR) was up against Delhi Capitals (DC) in the 30th fixture of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The Royals entered this tournament with a nail-biting win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Sunday (October 11). The young brigade of the team including the likes of Riyan Parag and Rahul Tewatia had scripted victory for their team by playing magnificent match-winning knocks of 42 off 26 and 45 off 28 respectively while chasing a target of 159.
Apart from the breathtaking victory, one thing that had attracted the viewers was the winning dance by the young Parag. After hitting the winning six on the second-last ball of the last over, Riyan had taken off his helmet and had done the steps of the famous ‘Bihu dance’ to celebrate.
The match against the Capitals is special for the team in many ways. Rajasthan was looking forward to victory to secure a place in the playoffs of the tournament. Also, it was RR skipper Steve Smith’s 200th T20 game, and the franchise was hoping that it could be a special one for the skipper as well as the team.
After losing the toss, Rajasthan had to field first and their prime pacer Jofra Archer gave his team a dream start by dismissing the dangerous Delhi Capitals opening batsman Prithvi Shaw off the very first ball of the match. It was a magnificent delivery by Archer with a lovely seam position and just short of a length on the off stump. Shaw tried to push at it, and it took the inside edge and smashed onto the middle stump.
Jofra Archer’s ‘Bihu Dance’ wins hearts on social media
The most interesting part of this episode was the way Jofra celebrated his first wicket of the evening. Taking inspiration from his teammate Parag, Archer tried to imitate a step of the Assamese Bihu dance. Soon the whole team joined the duo and tried to copy them.
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) October 14, 2020
The video clip of the incident soon went viral on the social networking sites as the netizens applauded Jofra and relished the beauty of IPL where the cricketers familiarize themselves with each other irrespective of their nationality. Former Indian pacer Irfan Pathan also appreciated this move by Archer saying that no one would have ever imagined seeing an Englishman showing off his Bihu Dance Skills.
“Did you ever think an Englishman would show off his Bihu Dance Skills!Gotta Love this IPL #JofraArcher #Assam #culture,” he tweeted.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) October 14, 2020