The 100-run mark milestone carries a special meaning for every batter so we can perhaps forgive them an enthusiastic celebration on occasion! There are many cricketers whose iconic celebrations have secured a special place in our memories. Here are some noteworthy examples:
MISBAH-UL HAQ – PAKISTAN VS ENGLAND, 2016
Misbah Ul Haq won our hearts with his unique century celebration. The Pakistani captain sparked a brief tradition of celebrating achievements with a workout routine after reaching his century at Lords against England in 2016. The skipper immediately dropped to the floor and performed a set of push-ups – perhaps to prove the point that he was still strong at the age of 42!
ROSS TAYLOR – NEW ZEALAND VS AUSTRALIA, 2007
Ross Taylor has been a pivotal player for the Blackcaps for the past decade; his trademark century celebration is known to cricket fans worldwide. Its first appearance was way back in 2007 when on his return to his national side when he scored a scintillating 117 runs against Australia. He poked his tongue out to celebrate the personal milestone and it soon became a customary celebration after all his centuries.
STEVE SMITH – AUSTRALIA VS INDIA, 2014
Steve Smith brought years to the eyes of cricket fans across the planet when he celebrated a century against India in 2014. The Australian touring side had recently heard the terrible news of Phil Hughes’s death; on reaching the milestone, Smith looked towards the sky, raising his bat to heaven in tribute to his New South Wales teammate. Truly an iconic moment.
CHRIS GAYLE – INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE, 2015
The ‘Universe Boss’ is arguably the greatest ever batsmen to play the shortest format of the game, and he lets it all out with his celebrations! Gayle has revealed his love for Cristiano Ronaldo on many occasions; he displayed it on the field in an IPL game in season 8. After blasting the King’s XI Punjab bowling to reach his century, he celebrated the feat in the iconic flex and jumpstyle of Ronaldo. The fans went wild!
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