The ecstasy felt after dismissing a batsman is expressed in many diverse ways. Some bowlers like to fist pump, others take off imitating an aircraft, Caribbean boys are quick to dance, and Sheldon Cottrell gives a send-off by saluting the batsman.
Left-arm seamer Sheldon Cottrell represents West Indies and is also part of the ICC World Cup 2019 squad tops my list. He gives a hilarious send-off by marching on the pitch and then rocking a sharp military-style salute to the batsman. I think he deserves an accolade for nailing it perfectly on every dismissal. The former soldier adopted this style out of his respect for Jamaican Defence Force.
Imran Tahir has an energy-sapping frenzied celebration in which he takes off wildly on the field. Maybe he loves the movie 'Forest Gump' and admires the character played by the legendary Tom Hanks. The leggie just loves to run that's why he is still going strong at 40.
Hasan Ali's bomb explosion style is quite unique and contagious. He demonstrates detonation and makes a loud 'boom' to let the batsman know that he has been castled! It's one heck of a celebration that gets viewers pumped up and bring joy to audiences. Lately, he didn't have many opportunities to trigger the bomb which is a concern considering he started off his career in an emphatic style but the fiery pacer is trying hard to get his mojo back in the ongoing ICC WorldCup 2019.
The aging warrior has inspired many young fast bowlers and is one of the biggest superstars of Sri Lanka. With his wiry blonde-streaked hairdo and ability to spear in toe-crushing yorkers, a roaring wicket celebration with arms stretched in elation is a cherry on the top.
Amir ups his game in ICC tournaments and that shows in his wicket celebration as well. After getting the prized scalp of Jos Buttler in a nerve-racking game on 3rd June, he ran across the batsman eyeballing him with pronounced fired up expressions and his rapid animated celebration is typical of a tearaway fast bowler that Pakistani ardent fans yearn to see.
What are your favorite wicket celebrations?