Shamsi's 'bus driver' celebration irks Aussie cricketers

Zampa, who plays for MS Dhoni's Rising Pune Supergiants, tweeted his unhappiness of Shamsi's antics on the field after Warner's dismissal.

Mumbai: Barring the action on the field, what’s hogging the spotlight this season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is also the action off it, and in particular on social media. While there have been numerous fan wars during the league, player banters take the cake.

Royal Challengers Bangalore spinner Tabraiz Shamsi has hit back at Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa after the latter criticised his post-wicket celebration last Monday.

Following the dismissal of Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner (caught in the deep by Virat Kohli for 92 in the 16th over), Shamsi made a dash to his skipper and started performing his trademark ‘bus driver’ celebration dance.

Earlier, Zampa, who plays for MS Dhoni’s Rising Pune Supergiants, tweeted his unhappiness of Shamsi’s antics on the field after Warner’s dismissal.

Responding in a clear-cut manner, Shamsi asked the leg-spinner to concentrate on his own form.

Zampa, who played in his first match for Pune on Saturday night, liked each of the left-armers tweets.

Shamsi’s celebration arises from his self-appointed nickname of the ‘bus driver’ for his ability, like most chinaman bowlers, to turn the ball both ways.

Zampa’s response was a little mellow this time.

However, Zampa tweeted he has no problem Shamsi celebrating, only that he "could celebrate better".

The show between Zampa and Shamsi was good entertainment for Australian Kane Ricahrdson, who plays alongside Shamsi at RCB.

Australia head coach Darren Lehmann also joined the banter, and tried to calm the situation down.

Warner also made a mention during the match against RCB last Saturday that he was unhappy with skipper Virat Kohli joining in the celebrations.

I was looking at Virat Kohli (RCB captain), I don't think he was too impressed until he (Shamsi) got a bit closer. I think it's a bit hard for a captain to stand there and not go the motions. In my team, if someone does that at 150 off 15 overs, I wouldn't accept that at all. It's a bit fancy, to be honest," Warner had told reporters.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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