WI vs IND 2022: What began as a result of a dispute with Shane Watson, a former all-rounder for Australia, roughly 10 years ago, has evolved into a trademark that Shikhar Dhawan uses each time he takes a catch on the cricket pitch. Dhawan’s Kabaddi-inspired slapping of the thigh celebration is something he does after taking a catch while he’s playing for India or in the Indian Premier League.
The left-handed batsman who was in charge of India during the one-day international series in Rohit Sharma’s absence got the chance to perform his well-known celebration not once, but three times during the series.
And Daren Sammy and Daren Ganga, both of whom played cricket for the West Indies in the past, had some interesting things to say about Dhawan’s Kabaddi celebration when they were in the commentary box.
Sammy, the T20 World Cup winning captain on two separate occasions, and Ganga, a former opening batter, were both there in the commentary box when Prasidh Krishna took the crucial wicket of Nicholas Pooran, the captain of the West Indies. During the 22nd over of the West Indies chase in the match that was cut short due to rain, Pooran mistimed his pull shot, which allowed Dhawan to make a straightforward catch at mid-on.
After he had taken the catch, the Indian captain celebrated by slapping his thighs and putting his palm in the air. After that, Sammy had an idea for a different title for Dhawan’s celebration that he uses each time he takes a catch.
WI vs IND 2022: What did Daren Sammy and Daren Ganga say about Shikhar Dhawan’s celebration?
Sammy’s next words, which were accompanied by a chuckle, were, “We should name this thigh-five.” He then turned to one of the other commentators, Ganga, and said, “Would you ever attempt this?” His response was, “I will test this out at home.”
“I adore watching Kabaddi. It provides me with a lot of enjoyable distractions. I put my whole heart into this, and I think that’s why other people like it,” Dhawan had explained his celebration on an edition of Breakfast With Champions by saying that whenever he stood at the boundary, supporters would observe him and imitate his kabaddi-style celebration.
Dhawan became the first Indian captain to inflict a whitewash in an ODI series in the Caribbean when India won the match relatively easily by 119 runs (using the DLS method) to clinch a 3-0 sweep of the series. In the past, India has a history of “whitewashing” countries such as Zimbabwe (three times) and Sri Lanka.