10 famous and funny celebrations by bowlers in cricket

When international cricket began back in 1877, there used to be minimal celebration. Be it after taking wicket, after scoring a ton or winning the game, a customary handshake and few claps were all one could see on the field. The tradition of celebration probably came into cricket in the 1980s and by the time the decade of 1990s began, it became a regular feature in the game and since then there have been many unusual, funny ways of celebrating success for the bowlers. Abhishek Kumar presents a list of most famous and funny celebrations by bowlers in international cricket.

1.  Chicken dance by Shoaib Akhtar

Akhtar is mostly remembered for his flying celebration after taking any wicket but it is very rare to see him doing some dance and that too chicken dance which is quite famous in Pakistan. Akhtar is popular for stretching his arms like wings towards the fielders after taking a big wicket but this chicken dance beats his all previous styles of celebrations.

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2.  The chainsaw celebration of Brett Lee

Brett Lee is among those former cricketers who loved to entertain their fans through the unique celebrations and the most famous one is his chainsaw celebration. In his last appearance as a cricketer, Lee was still lethal with his pace bowling. His last appearance as a cricketer was for Sydney Sixers against Perth Scorchers in final of 2014-15 Big Bash League (BBL) season. In the final match, he did not forget to do his famous chainsaw celebration as Lee celebrated after taking the wicket of Nathan Coulter-Nile in the last over of the match. Though, Lee’s side lost the match but he won many hearts throughout his career. Later, Lee demonstrated how to do it in a celebrations training programme by Cricket Australia. Here is the video of that training.

3.  Running Imran Tahir

This South African leggie has been the back bone of the Protea side in limited-overs cricket. Besides his tricky spin bowling, Tahir is also famous for his celebration in which he runs all over the ground and leaves his teammates behind. In the recent times, Tahir has been noticed more for his celebration than for his wicket taking abilities.

4.  Pumped-up Sreesanth

Well, who can forget Sreesanth when it comes to celebration! It is true that he was a decent bowler but again he is another player who used to get noticed for his way of celebrating a wicket more than bowling. Sreesanth is majorly remembered for his spell against Australia in the ICC World T20 2007, where he took both the Australian openers’ wicket — Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden. He got really pumped up after taking the wicket of Hayden and he did a very unusual celebration by smashing his palm to the pitch.

5.  The salute celebration

This style of celebration has mostly been used by the West Indian players. The salute celebration was perhaps initially seen either in football or some other sport but this is surely one of the best celebrations. Caribbean batsman Marlon Samuels made it popular in a Test match against England with this salute after dismissing Ben Stokes and since then it has been very popular among the West Indian players.

6.  Crawling Panyangara

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This is truly one-of-a-kind celebration in cricket and probably the first and last time it was seen in an international match. It was the match between South Africa and Zimbabwe at Hamilton in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, where pacer Tinashe Panyangara could not believe that he took the wicket of mighty Hashim Amla. After taking the wicket, Panyangara was so delighted that he went down to the ground and celebrated it by crawling which also looked like a singing bass fish.

7.  Bus driver celebration of Tabraiz Shamsi

Well, this was something really new and quite innovative as well. No idea, from where and how it came into South African Chinaman spinner Shamsi’s mind but was surely hilarious. This one is known as bus driver celebration and no one else does it other than Shamsi. It was first seen during the 2014 edition of Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and it went viral in the 2016 edition of Indian Premier League (IPL).

8.  Shahid Afridi’s Mr. X celebration

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This has been one of the iconic celebrations in international cricket, especially in Pakistan and among their young players. Young cricketers in Pakistan idolise Afridi and get inspired from him as their role model and few young cricketers from the nation have been seen emulating the similar celebration after taking any wicket. This iconic celebration style of Afridi is called as Mr. X celebration.

9.  Dave Langford-Smith’s Ferret Dance

This surely went unnoticed. It came to camera’s notice during the Super Eight match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 played between Bangladesh and Ireland when Irish bowler Dave Langford-Smith did the famous Ferret Dance after taking the wicket of Bangladesh’s Mohammad Rafique. Langford-Smith was the best bowler of the match as he took two important wickets by conceding only 27 runs with a maiden over in his spell of 10 overs.

10.  Dave Mohammad’s booty dance

Surely, this one is the best and most hilarious celebration one will ever see on the cricket field. Again, no idea how it came to Dave Mohammed’s mind but was truly an enjoyable celebration and fans would love to see it again and again.

(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with Criclife.com. He can be followed on Twitter @abhik2593 and on Facebook at abhicricket.kumar)