In the historic Day-Night Test match between India and Bangladesh, the visitors did not get many opportunities to grab the headlines with their performance as the hosts handed them a humiliating defeat by an innings and 46 runs at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
However, Bangladesh pacer Ebadat Hossain did manage to grab some attention not with the onfield-performance but with his celebration after taking a wicket.
The 26-year-old was seen doing a grand salute after picking up a wicket during the second game of the two-match Test series against India.
The reason behind Hossain’s salute celebration is similar to that of the Windies fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell. While Cottrell does it to pay his tribute to the armed forces in which he was a part of, Hossain pays his tribute to the Bangladesh Air Force.
“I work in the Bangladesh Air Force. My salute is a tribute to them. I have been associated with the Bangladesh Air Force for about five and a half years now, and I still continue to be very proud to perform any role they offer,” Hossain was quoted as saying to the Hindustan Times.
Hossain also revealed how the celebration came into being and informed that Cottrell does not inspire him.
“I never had any special celebration before, but during a first-class game, Mahmudullah Riyad told me to do a salute every time I pick up a wicket as I was a part of the Air Force. He told me that this will build my brand,” added Hossain.
The right-arm seamer expressed his excitement over taking the wickets of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli as well and said that it was his dream to pick the wicket of the Indian skipper.
“Rohit and Virat are world-class batsmen. It was a dream to get Virat’s wicket, and thankfully, I got that on my first Test against him. There is still a long way to go,” Hossain further added.