Sabbir Rahman imitates Virat Kohli’s ‘bat-talking’ celebration
Sabbir pumped his fists in the air in jubilation and then performed ‘Sijdah’.
Updated - Feb 20, 2019 7:38 pm
Sabbir Rahman made a comeback to the Bangladesh national squad after serving a suspension from September 2018. His inclusion in the ODI series against New Zealand that the visitors lost 3-0, sparked a controversy as to how did the ban-period end beforehand. However, he became the second-highest run-scorer of the series with 158 runs in three games at an average of 52.66.
The 27-year-old flattered to deceive in the opening game at the McLean Park in Napier and got out for 43 in the second encounter at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. Nevertheless, the Rajshahi-born batsman came into his own in the third and final contest at the University Oval in Dunedin. The right-hander notched his maiden ODI century in 105 deliveries during the Tigers’ run-chase.
He came to bat when Bangladesh were reduced to 40 for four in the 10th over. However, Rahman didn’t drop his guard and put on some useful runs with the tail. First, he added 101 runs for the sixth wicket with Mohammad Saifuddin and took the Tigers to 242 before the last wicket went down in the 48th over. Quite expectantly, he was delighted with the knock he played, though in a losing cause.
The Kohli celebration from Sabbir Rahman
After the milestone, Sabbir churned out a celebration, which was pretty similar to the one by 30-year-old Indian captain Virat Kohli in the third Test against Tim Paine’s Australia at the new Perth Stadium. Following his century in that game, Kohli was seen holding his bat up and then making a gesture with his hands, suggesting that he prefers his bat to do all the talking on the pitch.
Sabbir pumped his fists in the air in jubilation and then performed ‘Sijdah’. Thereafter, he got up and did the ‘bat-talking celebration even as his teammates clapped from the dressing room. Mehidy Hasan Miraz, his partner in the middle-came and gave him a hug, congratulating him. This was Bangladesh’s last ODI before the World Cup and the knock might have sealed Sabbir’s place in the WC squad.