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CWC 2023 [WATCH]: Jasprit Bumrah mirrors Marcus Rashford’s celebration after removing Ibrahim Zadran – IND vs AFG

The Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi is currently witnessing an electrifying clash as India and Afghanistan are facing off in Match 09 of the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023.

Afghanistan, having won the toss, chose to bat, eager to set a brisk pace for their innings. However, it was India’s star bowler, Jasprit Bumrah, who provided the first breakthrough by dismissing Afghanistan’s opener, Ibrahim Zadran. What truly stole the show was the unique celebration that followed this pivotal moment.

Bumrah strikes early

The interesting moment occurred during the fourth ball of the seventh over when Bumrah bowled a short-of-a-length delivery just around off stump, causing it to slightly nip away. Zadran, the Afghan opener, attempted to defend the delivery but ended up with a routine outside edge. Wicketkeeper KL Rahul completed a straightforward catch, sending Zadran back to the pavilion after scoring a commendable 22 runs from 28 balls.

The Marcus Rashford-inspired celebration

What captured the attention of cricket enthusiasts and fans alike was Bumrah’s celebration following the dismissal. He pointed to his head, signifying the cleverness of the delivery that led to the wicket. Observers quickly recognized the celebration as an imitation of Manchester United’s forward, Marcus Rashford.

Also WATCH: CWC 2023 – Shardul Thakur takes a sensational catch at the boundary to dismiss Rahmanullah Gurbaz during IND vs AFG clash

Notably, Rashford is renowned for his unique goal celebration, during which he places a finger to the side of his head. Bumrah’s gesture was an apparent homage to the football star, showcasing the camaraderie and shared admiration between athletes from different sports.

Here is the video:

In anticipation of the high-scoring nature of the ground and the influence of dew in the evening, India made a tactical change by including Shardul Thakur in the playing XI in place of experienced off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. The team management opted for an extra seam bowler over a specialist spinner.

Also READ: CWC 2023 – Robin Uthappa shares his interesting take on Virat Kohli vs Naveen-ul-Haq matchup during IND vs AFG encounter

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