There is little doubt that cricket is among the most followed sports around the world. The shortest format of the game has done good to cricket's marketability around the world and newer nations and populations are now gaining liking towards the sport. While the most passionate fans of the game get emotionally involved in the match, sometimes even the cricketers let their emotions get the better of them and express it on the pitch itself.
A similar incident happened with Romania's Pavel Florin who hogged the limelight on Wednesday for his on-field celebration in the game against Hungary in the European Cricket Championship. Florin, who had earlier gone viral for his strange bowling action and the best bowling strike in T20Is for a minimum of 10 innings, batted at number 11 in this particular match.
What's more, is that he managed to score his first boundary in that match. The 42-year-old moved across outside the off-stump, took the ball on the full and smashed it towards the deep square leg fence for a boundary. What followed was rather incredible as the cricketer went down on one knee and swirled his bat over his head to celebrate his shot and achievement. He then walked off the field at the completion of the innings.
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Florin's antics on the cricket field reminded the cricket lovers of a similar incident involving the Indian cricket team. The players in question were India's fast bowler S Sreesanth and South Africa's Andre Nel. During a Test match of the 2006-07 tour, the two exchanged a few words on the pitch with the Protean speedster initiating the chat.
Meanwhile, Sreesanth, who was known for his aggressive approach, wasn't pleased with what Nel said and was charged up. He stepped out of his crease to smash Nel for a six on the next ball and then danced on the cricket field to answer in style. The commentary box which had Alan Wilkins and Ravi Shastri also laughed at what they had seen.
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"He (Nel) kept saying that Indians don’t have a heart and that they (South Africa) were the better team. I wanted to tell him to look at the scoreboard once; we had the upper hand. I had gotten out for a duck in the first innings, and a lot of our better batsmen hadn’t scored too many runs that day," Sreesanth later was quoted as saying by Sportskeeda.