Ashley Nurse reveals who taught him ‘babaji ka thullu’ celebration

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Ashley Nurse produced a man-of-the-match performance scoring 40 runs and picking two wickets. (AP Photo)

West Indies all-rounder Ashley Nurse has revealed the name of the cricketer who taught him the ‘Babaji ka thullu’ celebration that has become his trademark celebration in the ongoing One-Day International series in India.

Ashley Nurse first did the celebration after taking Ambati Rayudu’s wicket in the second ODI in Vishakhapatnam and then he was at it again when he picked the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan in the third ODI in Pune on Saturday, which the Windies won by 43 runs.

Nurse shared during the post-match presentation ceremony that he learned the celebration style during the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

“Just dedicating the celebration to my Indian friend – Sunny Sohal, whom I met at the CPL. He told me, when you get a wicket do a ‘Babaji ka thullu’ or something,” Nurse said.

Nurse was named man-of-the-match after the third ODI for his decisive innings of 40 off 22 deliveries down the order that propelled the Windies to a solid score of 283/9.

With the ball as well, Nurse was in top form as he returned with figures of 2/43 and picked the important wickets of Dhawan and Rishabh Pant.

“I guess it was my day. I guess I played with a lot of free spirit. When Shai got out, I had to do something because the score was not that big. Sometimes you can be the hero, sometimes it can go down to zero as well. If I get a 50-50 chance to win the game, I back myself to do it,” Nurse said about his batting innings.

Nurse said that nobody gave the Windies a chance against India but they have proved that they are here to play, having registered their first victory on the India tour. (Excerpts from India Today)

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