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Video: Brace yourself, Usman Khawaja has brought the 'dab' into Test cricket and no, it's not a shot

Spoiler warning: it's a dance move that resembles someone sneezing.


On Friday, Usman Khawaja reached his eighth half-century in Test cricket in the ongoing series against Pakistan by smashing a Yasir Shah delivery to the boundary. The talented Australian left-hander, though, found a one-of-a-kind way to celebrate the milestone. Instead of the usual “showing his bat to the crowd”, Khawaja pulled off the “dab”, a sort of dance move, that led to plenty of laughter in the Australian dressing rooms.

But what exactly is this “dab”?

Here’s how Wikipedia describes it, “a dance move in which the dancer simultaneously drops the head while raising an arm and the elbow in a gesture that has been noted to resemble sneezing”. It originates from Atlanta in the United States and has (quite obviously) spread across the entire world.

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It did not take long before it entered the world of sport. Some of its most high-profile proponents are footballers Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard and the NBA’s LeBron James among others.


Check out my brother @kingjames dabbing before today's #WineAndGold scrimmage. Lol. #Dab #GoCavs

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And now Khawaja has brought into cricket. He admitted that he had decided to execute the move after discussions with team mates in the lead up to match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. “We’ve been joking about it (the dab) all week,” Khawaja said. “Renners [Matt Renshaw] and a few of the other lads have been talking about it so when I got to fifty I thought ‘just dab’.”

But then this is Test cricket, the oldest form of the game. And there were quite a few who did not find anything funny about Khawaja’s celebrations:

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