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How Cristiano Ronaldo inspired KL Rahul’s dab celebration with Virat Kohli

KL Rahul did the dab celebration before striking a Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired pose with skipper Virat Kohli, after India crushed England by eight wickets in Manchester to take a 1-0 lead in the three-game T20 series.

cricket Updated: Jul 04, 2018 18:29 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Cristiano Ronaldo,KL Rahul,Virat Kohli
KL Rahul’s unbeaten century helped Virat Kohli’s India thrashed England by eight wickets in Manchester to take a 1-0 lead in the three-game T20 series. (Action Images via Reuters)

KL Rahul slammed a whirlwind 54-ball 101 to fashion India’s eight-wicket win over England in the first T20 of three-match series at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Rahul celebrated his hundred with a dab before getting involved in another animated celebration with skipper Virat Kohli, who became the fastest to reach 2000 runs in T20Is.

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In a chat with teammate Dinesh Karthik, Rahul revealed that his celebration was inspired from Portugal and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Yeah, sort of. You know Virat’s a huge Ronaldo fan,” the 26-year-old said.

He also explained his unique style of celebrations with captain Kohli saying he would like to have different types of celebrations with different players of the team.

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“By the end of England series, I want to have different handshakes with all the members of the team. Now I have one with Hardik. With Virat you saw it,” the stylish right hand batsman said.

He also expressed satisfaction over reaching the three-figure in international cricket after a long time and hopes to bat the same way throughout the tour.

“This is very satisfactory hundred. This means the world to me. The last international hundred I got was about two years ago. I have been getting fifties in the IPL, even in the Test matches. It’s been a rough road in last one and a half years so this hundred really means world to me.

“I have been working towards batting for 20 overs and finishing the game. Hopefully I am able to do that again,” he said.

Batting first, England posted 159/8 with Kuldeep Yadav claiming a five-for (5/24). Jos Buttler top scored for the hosts with a 46-ball 69.

India coasted home riding on Rahul’s century with 10 balls to spare.

First Published: Jul 04, 2018 18:29 IST