When it comes to cricket, it not just spectacular catches or wickets and historical feats that catches the attention of sports lover. Many a time, expressions and celebrations of cricketers garner a lot of attention as well; and when it’s meme-worthy, you can’t really blame them. So, when Bangladesh’s star player Mushfiqur Rahim broke into an impromptu naagin dance on the field, cricket lovers and Tweeple following the match were left in splits. Rahim could not control his emotions after hitting the winning runs against Sri Lanka, helping his team chase down a record 215 runs. In in the moment, the exuberant player showed off some of his quirky moves and it was enough to light up the micro-blogging site.
Soon, not only videos of his snake-style dance went viral, with hundreds retweeting and liking it, but it was turned into a meme as well. Indian Twitterati, in particular, couldn’t keep calm and started sharing photos of television’s favourite naagin played by Mouni Roy, and couldn’t decide who did it better.
— ¦«Âřÿåņ ※ Åŗýāmăñ»¦ (@indicboy) March 11, 2018
That was a great movie 😍 pic.twitter.com/moxxNO5TI0
— बुल्ला (@Binakahelunga) March 10, 2018
— Trojan_Horse (@46Sampath) March 10, 2018
— Mahesh (@Fussy_Ca) March 10, 2018
— CricfreakZ (@cricfreakz) March 11, 2018
— Peeyush Sharma (@peeyushsharmaa) March 10, 2018
Mushfiqur Rahim’s ‘Naagin Dance’ : Save it to show to the future generations on the occassion of NaagPanchami! #Mushfiqur
— Amrita Nighojkar (@AmritaNighojkar) March 11, 2018
— Mohamed (@yhaseen12345) March 11, 2018
— D.M.Dissanayake (@dissanayake56) March 11, 2018
— Anik Sachdeva (@AnikSachdeva) March 10, 2018
Rahim has gone too far😂😂 pic.twitter.com/GDVlve7ujN
— Sunil- The Cricketer (@1sInto2s) March 10, 2018
— Mohammad Jewel (@Jewel01824) March 11, 2018
— Siba Mohanty (@Siba_TNIE) March 10, 2018
— Azor Ahai (@DarrKeAage) March 10, 2018
Naagin 3 promotion Start pic.twitter.com/ieXjeSaFJT
— Bhai_Saheb (@Bhai_Saaheb) March 10, 2018
*Naagin dance in a baraat*
— Knight Watchman (@watchman_knight) March 11, 2018
What Lankans Expected.
— Farheen👑🔥 (@imFarheenRizvi) March 10, 2018
And, in case you are wondering what led to this spontaneous celebration, turns out there’s a back story too. During the press conference later, Tamim Iqbal said that the celebration style actually originated from a fellow Bangladesh player Nazmul Islam Opu. “We have a left arm spinner in Nazmul Islam Opu and it is his celebration. Whenever he gets a wicket, in domestic cricket or Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), he does this snake dance. It was quite funny. I think Mushfaqir Rahim showed it to him and we knew who he was doing the celebration for. We take a lot of pride in playing with Opu and whenever he takes a wicket, we enjoy it a lot,” said Tamim. “Unfortunately he hasn’t taken a wicket yet so when he does, you will get to see how he dances,” he added.