The steps of ‘Naagin’ dance had become quite popular in the recently concluded Nidahas Trophy tri-nation series.
Even the former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar was spotted doing a ‘naagin’ dance from commentary box after India won the final against Bangladesh by four wickets.
Here is the video of Gavaskar doing the naagin dance:
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Bangladesh’s batsman Mushfiqur Rahim was the first one to do a naagin dance on the ground after Bangladesh chased down 215 runs target against Sri Lanka. Though, Bangladeshi cricketers were brutally trolled on social media for doing the same. They did not stop and continue their drama in the entire series.
However, what caught everybody’s attention is after Bangladesh cricketers, even the Islanders performed the ‘naagin’ dance in the second game. And when finally Bangladesh defeated Sri Lanka in the virtual semi-finals to qualify in the final, the entire Bangladesh team was spotted performing this dance in the middle of the field.
Earlier on Sunday, batting first, top-order batsman Sabbir Rahman dragged Bangladesh out of a hole with a well-paced 50-ball 77 to help his team post a fighting 166/8.
Following the target, skipper Rohit Sharma (56) led from the front with his classy knock but failed to finish off the proceedings. Middle-order batsman Manish Pandey (28) played sensible innings but was dismissed when needed the most. Thereafter, Karthik took India to victory.
India started off on a steady note as openers Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan scored 32 runs in three overs but then Dhawan was dismissed for 10 by Shakib Al Hasan.
Suresh Raina (0), who also played a crucial role along with Rohit in the last match, could not contribute as he was dismissed by Rubel Hossain.
But incoming batsman Lokesh Rahul (24) and Rohit forged a crucial 51-run partnership before Rahul was sent packing by Hossain in the 10th over.
Just when things seemed good in the middle, Rohit departed with Nazmul Islam picking up the crucial wicket in the 14th over. His 42-ball innings was laced with four boundaries and three sixes.
Needing 69 runs in 40 balls, Pandey and Vijay Shankar took guard. Pandey displayed some superb shots while Shankar also supported him well at the other end.
But with 37 needed in last three overs, Shankar played four dot balls which mounted the pressure and as a result, Pandey, while trying for a big one, was caught by Sabbir Rahman off Mustafizur Rahman. Pandey played 27 balls and slammed three boundaries.
Experienced batsman Karthik then joined Shankar and guided India to victory, scoring 29 off 8 balls, including a winning six on the last ball of the match.