When star Australian batsman Usman Khawaja notched up his 8th Test match 50 against Pakistan in Sydney on Friday, he saluted the crowd and his team-mates with a ‘dab’ (watch the video above).
After the day’s play, in which the Aussies dominated their opponents with the willow, the batsman suggested he might even take it to the next level next time.
In case you are, like, too old – say, over 29-years old – and don’t know what dabbing is; it’s a silly dance move that originated in the Atlanta US rap scene or something, where you dip your face into your elbow while raising the other arm. It’s become quite the fad of late.
Actually, come to think of it, it’s perfect for cricketers acknowledging their 50s and 100s. But is it right to dab during the most hallowed form of the game, a Test match?
Uzzie himself is unapologetic and says the Australian team, which has taken on quite a youthful appearance of late, following the mass sackings of a few of the older guard in favour of fresh faces, had been discussing dropping a dab during the Test.
“We’ve been joking about it all week,” Khawaja said, according to Cricket.com.au. “Renners (Matthew Renshaw) and a few of the other lads have been talking about it so when I got to 50 I thought, ‘just dab.’
Asked whether he will dab again, the batsman (jokingly, many hope) said: “If I get a hundred then it’ll be a super dab but I guess we’ll have to wait for that.”
But cricket fans aren’t so sure they want more dabbing:
STOP PEOPLE FROM DABBING. THIS IS GETTING OUT OF CONTROL NOW. https://t.co/r4U47W96Md
— Arsal A. Jafri (@arsaljafri) January 6, 2017
@CricketAus @jamiesonmurph @breannachill It’s official: dabbing has gone too far — Jacob McArthur (@jlmcarthur4) January 6, 2017
@CricketAus it’s test cricket not rap dancing. #AUSvPAK
— Bushnotcity (@bushnotcity) January 6, 2017
Usman actually just dabbed #woweeee #AusvPak @CricketAus ! ????????♂️???? — Jacob Coniglio (@jacobconiglio) January 6, 2017
Lack of respect shown by Khawaja to the Pakistan team. No excuse for behaviour like that in community cricket, let alone in a test @CAComms https://t.co/N1OaAY6kS8
— James Gratton (@jimmygratts) January 6, 2017