The dab has reached Test cricket and die-hard traditionalists are not too happy about it. Australia batsman, Usman Khawaja, celebrated his eighth half-century in Test cricket by delivering the now iconic “dab” dance move.The dab has since swept through American and British sport after it was created during a music video for an Atlanta hip-hop artist. The left-hander admitted he had decided to execute the move after discussions with team mates in the lead-up to Australia’s Test match with Pakistan at the SCG.
“We’ve been joking about it (the dab) all week,” Khawaja said. “Renners (Matt Renshaw) and a few of the other lads have been talking about it so when I got to fifty I thought ‘just dab’.”
However the light-hearted celebration received a mixed reaction on social media, with many cricket fans calling the dance move “disrespectful” to Australia’s touring opponents.
“If I get a hundred then it’ll be a super dab but I guess we’ll have to wait for that,” Khawaja joked when quizzed on the manoeuvre after the match.
Australia went on to win the match by 220 runs and seal a memorable and defiant 3-nil whitewash over Pakistan. However the move could come at a price for the 30-year-old after Josh Hazlewood joked the team’s internal fines committee would be investigating Khawaja’s cheeky celebration.
“I’m part of the Fines Committee and we’re not allowed to fine people for on-field things, but that might be up for discussion next meeting,” Hazlewood said. “It’s all good fun. He’s just trying to do something different compared to everyone else. It’s pretty funny.”
Former Australia cricketer Ian Chappell admitted he had no idea what the dance move was and why Khawaja had chose to use it to mark his half-century.
Khawaja’s former New South Wales teammate Moises Henriques also produced an on-the-field dab when he scored a century against Tasmania in a Sheffield Shield match last year. –Telegraph.
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