IT seems high fiving is becoming more dangerous. Raising your hand, about head high, and pushing, slapping or sliding your flat palm against the flat palm of another person is not for the faint hearted.
It requires a great deal of hand-eye coordination, concentration and rhythm. Practising on your own in front of mirror is one way to master this celebratory gesture. The consequences of missing the target can be awkward, embarrassing and can cause injury.
Australian cricketers Brad Haddin and James Faulkner can attest to that. After catching out India’s Shikhar Dhawan during the one day test, Haddin and Faulkner rushed to celebrate with a high five.
But they were way too excited to be high fiving.
Faulkner missed Haddin’s hands completely. Instead he poked his team mate in the eye. Epic fail!
Haddin collapsed to the ground clutching his face, and was eventually forced to leave the field. He only returned after spending 22 overs out of the game receiving treatment on a scratch to the eye.
“How embarrassing is that? We couldn’t even get our high fives right,” the Australia captain, George Bailey, joked after the match.
“What about just a handshake? Just take it back to ‘well bowled.'”
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