Why Moeen Ali walked off when England celebrated with champagne

Moeen Ali, who helped England claim the fourth Test and the series 3-1 against South Africa, walked off the podium during his team's champagne-celebrations after winning the series and stood by the side clapping as his team celebrated.

By: Express Web Desk | Manchester | Published:August 10, 2017 6:15 pm
moeen ali, moeen ali alcohol, england cricket Moeen Ali helped England beat South Africa in Test series. (Source: Reuters)

Moeen Ali, being the modest self he is, has done it again. Hero of England’s 3-1 Test series win over South Africa on Monday, Moeen walked off the podium while his teammates celebrated the victory with champagne spraying. The England all-rounder moved aside while his teammates celebrated a victory which would have been possible without him.

This is not the first time he has done it. Moeen moved from his teammates when they celebrated the 2015 Ashes series win over Australia in a similar manner.

Despite the fact that he is not part of the celebrations, Moeen doesn’t mind missing out and said he did not feel left out as it was just spraying a bottle.

“The team understand I stay away from the champagne thing. Cooky said, ‘Make sure we take the picture first’ and then I moved out of the way. I don’t feel I miss out — it’s just spraying a bottle, not that exciting really! But we have a great laugh. I really enjoy being in the changing room,” he was quoted as saying by The Sun.

Last year, Moeen and England spinner Adil Rashid also moved away from celebrations after England’s win.

Ali picked up a hat-trick to help England beat South Africa on Monday and seal the series. England now face West Indies in a home Test series and will like to continue their form before they go Down Under for the all-important Ashes Test series against Australia later this year.

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    The Sceptic
    Aug 11, 2017 at 3:39 pm
    Perfectly sensible at ude and behaviour on his part - and the part of his colleagues. Only a true fanatic would find anything to criticise in this.
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      Dibyendu Dhar
      Aug 11, 2017 at 1:50 pm
      This event is nothing but a matter of individuality.One doesn't always need to get along to go along. In a truly progressive society proper understanding of different culture is desirable .Isn't it very unfortunate to view a personal choice, from a biased communal perspective,blown out of proportion?
      1. J
        Aug 11, 2017 at 10:45 am
        People who have closed mind will not understand. This is democracy at it's best. If he doesn't like being sprayed with alcohol so be it. No need to force. It's respecting others viewpoint. He also respect the tradition of culture where he is. This is what zealots need to learn.
        1. M
          Aug 11, 2017 at 9:54 am
          why he is playing for england christians they are also kafir for him. Muslims are muslims where ever they stay.
          1. J
            Aug 11, 2017 at 12:39 pm
            You want hindus to be SHUDH, VIRAT, SHAKAHARI, SANSKARI, but want muslims to be wayward, liberal, compromising. Why so????
            1. M
              Masi Masi
              Aug 11, 2017 at 2:36 pm
              Jackal: thats exactly the question..why these two muslims are so liberal compromising to play with kafirs....
              1. M
                Masi Masi
                Aug 11, 2017 at 2:36 pm
                Jackal: thats exactly the question..why these two muslims are so liberal compromising to play with kafirs....
            2. I
              Aug 11, 2017 at 9:14 am
              Why such a brouhaha over this action ? Tomorrow will someone write an article over any cricketer staying away from non-veg food ?
              1. S
                Sheikh Saadat Hamid
                Aug 11, 2017 at 9:08 am
                There is no mention of the word muslim in this post.
                1. D
                  Aug 11, 2017 at 8:56 am
                  He wanted his drink in private complete with Ham Sandwich, like Jinnah. A real Englishman
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