Cricket and football are two vastly different sports, but they share an inherent spirit of competition and a deep love for celebration.
While cricket has traditionally been associated with more subdued and dignified celebrations, there have been instances when cricketers took a page out of footballers' books and celebrated their victories or individual achievements with exuberance and flamboyance.
While cricket has traditionally been a sport of gentlemanly conduct and decorum, these moments prove that cricketers can also embrace the spirit of celebration seen in football.
These instances reflect the evolving nature of the game, where players are not only skilled but also willing to express their personalities and emotions on the field, connecting with fans on a deeper level.
Here is a list of 5 instances where cricketers celebrated like footballers during the match.
Jasprit Bumrah – Marcus Rashford
Jasprit Bumrah is known for his impeccable fast bowling skills and since his comeback from a career-threatening injury, Bumrah has been ferocious with his pace.
Bumrah is celebrated for his unique action and pinpoint accuracy, often delivering deadly yorkers that trouble even the best batsmen. In the recently held fixture of the World Cup, Bumrah, while playing against Afghanistan, showcased one of the best performances by picking up a 5-wicket haul.
However, the highlight was Bumrah’s first wicket which was Ibrahim Zadran and the pace sensation celebrated like the English footballer Marcus Rashford.
KL Rahul and Virat Kohli – Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo
It has been observed in the past as well that Virat Kohli admires the Football giant Cristiano Ronaldo.
Both Kohli and Ronaldo are admired athletes known for their exceptional skills and dedication to their respective sports. Kohli has, on multiple occasions, publicly praised Ronaldo's athleticism, work ethic, and achievements.
However, back in 2018, KL Rahul gained the spotlight by scoring 101 in just 54 balls in partnership with Virat Kohli. India's prominent duo took that moment and glorified it by doing the signature ‘Salute’ which Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo did while playing for Real Madrid.
Mohammed Siraj – Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo's “Siu” celebration is one of his trademark goal celebrations. He often performs this celebration by jumping into the air with both arms raised high above his head and his chest puffed out.
The word “Siu” itself is a Portuguese exclamation that roughly translates to “yes” or “I did it” and is meant to express joy and triumph. In cricket, Mohammed Siraj copied the same celebration after dismantling the Sri Lankan batting attack in the Asia Cup 2023 Final.
Siraj’s rise in white ball cricket has been phenomenal and his presence has become crucial for India’s bowling attack.
Wanindu Hasaranga – Neymar Jr.
Wanindu Hasaranga is known for his exceptional leg-spin bowling and lower-order batting prowess. Hasaranga made his international debut in 2017 and quickly established himself as a vital asset for the Sri Lankan cricket team.
His ability to spin the ball both ways and deliver accurate variations has troubled many top batsmen. Hasaranga's remarkable athleticism in the field further adds to his value. In recent times, Hasaranga was seen celebrating like Neymar Jr. in the IPL 2022 tournament.
KL Rahul – Memphis Depay/Ayoze Perez
In the 2019 ODI series between India and the West Indies, KL Rahul played a significant innings by scoring 102 runs in one of the matches.
Rahul's century was a crucial contribution to India's success in the series and showcased his batting prowess in the limited-overs format. His ability to build an innings and convert it into a century highlighted his value as a top-order batsman for the Indian cricket team.
He celebrated his 102 runs by incorporating the Memphis Depay/Ayoze Perez celebration by putting both his index fingers in both ears.