Afghanistan Players dance on Dwayne Bravo’s ‘Champion’ Song; video goes viral

Afghanistan’s cricket team etched a memorable chapter in its history by securing its first-ever victory over Australia, a triumph that has kept their hopes alive for reaching the T20 World Cup semifinals. The team’s exuberant celebrations, including a jubilant dance on the team bus to Dwayne Bravo’s “Champion,” have become a viral sensation.

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In a gripping Group 1 ‘Super 8s’ match on Saturday (Sunday morning in India), Afghanistan delivered an all-round performance to defeat Australia by 21 runs. The match took place at the Arnos Vale Ground, where Afghanistan posted a competitive total of 148 for 6 on a challenging pitch. Rahmanullah Gurbaz led the charge with a well-constructed 60, supported by Ibrahim Zadran’s steady 51.

The Afghan bowlers then took center stage, with pacers Gulbadin Naib (4 for 20) and Naveen ul Haq (3 for 20) delivering match-winning spells to bowl out Australia for 127. The scenes of celebration on the ground were electric, with players and coaching staff leaping and cheering in joy. The festivities continued on the team bus, with the players dancing to the tune of “Champion,” a song fittingly performed by their bowling consultant, Dwayne Bravo.

Semifinal Hopes and Future Matches

Afghanistan’s iconic win has positioned them as serious contenders for one of the two semifinal spots in Group 1. To secure a place in the semifinals, Afghanistan not only needs to win their last ‘Super 8s’ match against Bangladesh but also hope for India’s victory over Australia.

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India and Australia are set to face off on June 24 at 2000 IST, while Afghanistan will take on Bangladesh on June 25 at 0600 IST. A win for Afghanistan, coupled with an Australian defeat, would see the Afghan team advance to the semifinals, marking a significant milestone in their cricketing journey.

Reactions and Praise

The cricketing world has reacted with admiration and praise for Afghanistan’s remarkable achievement. Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif lauded the Afghan team, emphasizing their growth and resilience. “Big boys of world cricket… Afghanistan has shown they belong on this stage,” Kaif remarked.

Similarly, cricket analyst Wasim Jaffer cautioned against labeling the victory as an upset, instead highlighting the Afghan team’s strength and capability. “Do not disrespect Afghanistan by calling this an upset,” Jaffer tweeted, acknowledging the team’s hard work and determination.

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Afghanistan’s star player Rashid Khan also praised the team’s all-round performance, noting the crucial contributions from both batsmen and bowlers. “It’s something we missed in the last two years,” Rashid commented, referring to the team’s balanced and effective gameplay.

Looking Ahead

As Afghanistan gears up for their decisive match against Bangladesh, the team’s morale and confidence are at an all-time high. With a spot in the semifinals on the line, Afghanistan will be looking to replicate their stellar performance against Australia and continue their historic run in the T20 World Cup.

The Afghan players’ spirited celebrations reflect not only their joy at a significant victory but also their determination to achieve even greater success. As the T20 World Cup progresses, cricket fans around the world will be closely watching Afghanistan’s journey, hoping for more moments of triumph and celebration.

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Afghanistan's cricket team etched a memorable chapter in its history by securing its first-ever victory over Australia, a triumph that has kept their hopes alive for reaching the T20 World Cup semifinals. The team's exuberant celebrations, including a jubilant dance on the team bus to Dwayne Bravo's "Champion," have become a viral sensation.

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In a gripping Group 1 'Super 8s' match on Saturday (Sunday morning in India), Afghanistan delivered an all-round performance to defeat Australia by 21 runs. The match took place at the Arnos Vale Ground, where Afghanistan posted a competitive total of 148 for 6 on a challenging pitch. Rahmanullah Gurbaz led the charge with a well-constructed 60, supported by Ibrahim Zadran's steady 51.

The Afghan bowlers then took center stage, with pacers Gulbadin Naib (4 for 20) and Naveen ul Haq (3 for 20) delivering match-winning spells to bowl out Australia for 127. The scenes of celebration on the ground were electric, with players and coaching staff leaping and cheering in joy. The festivities continued on the team bus, with the players dancing to the tune of "Champion," a song fittingly performed by their bowling consultant, Dwayne Bravo.

Semifinal Hopes and Future Matches

Afghanistan's iconic win has positioned them as serious contenders for one of the two semifinal spots in Group 1. To secure a place in the semifinals, Afghanistan not only needs to win their last 'Super 8s' match against Bangladesh but also hope for India's victory over Australia.

India and Australia are set to face off on June 24 at 2000 IST, while Afghanistan will take on Bangladesh on June 25 at 0600 IST. A win for Afghanistan, coupled with an Australian defeat, would see the Afghan team advance to the semifinals, marking a significant milestone in their cricketing journey.

Reactions and Praise

The cricketing world has reacted with admiration and praise for Afghanistan's remarkable achievement. Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif lauded the Afghan team, emphasizing their growth and resilience. "Big boys of world cricket… Afghanistan has shown they belong on this stage," Kaif remarked.

Similarly, cricket analyst Wasim Jaffer cautioned against labeling the victory as an upset, instead highlighting the Afghan team's strength and capability. "Do not disrespect Afghanistan by calling this an upset," Jaffer tweeted, acknowledging the team's hard work and determination.

Afghanistan's star player Rashid Khan also praised the team's all-round performance, noting the crucial contributions from both batsmen and bowlers. "It's something we missed in the last two years," Rashid commented, referring to the team's balanced and effective gameplay.

Looking Ahead

As Afghanistan gears up for their decisive match against Bangladesh, the team's morale and confidence are at an all-time high. With a spot in the semifinals on the line, Afghanistan will be looking to replicate their stellar performance against Australia and continue their historic run in the T20 World Cup.

The Afghan players' spirited celebrations reflect not only their joy at a significant victory but also their determination to achieve even greater success. As the T20 World Cup progresses, cricket fans around the world will be closely watching Afghanistan's journey, hoping for more moments of triumph and celebration.

Stay updated with all the cricketing action, follow Cricadium on WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Telegram and Instagram