The video, shared on the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Twitter page, shows Australian players Matthew Wade and Marcus Stoinis pouring beer into their shoes during a victory celebration. Akhtar came on the scene to express his displeasure over this different celebration of Australian players.
“It upsets me,” Akhtar said, disagreeing with the Australian players’ actions. Akhtar commented below the video of the Australian players celebrating their victory.
It was their victory celebration that drew more attention than the Australian team’s crowning. The video, which appeared on the ICC’s official Twitter handle, went viral in an instant. Criticisms have been leveled at Akhtar’s victory over Australian players.
— ICC (@ICC) November 15, 2021
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However, this is a very common celebration in Australia. This popular method of drinking beer directly from footwear is known in Australia as ‘shui’. Australian Formula One driver Daniel Ricardo has made the ‘Shoey’ celebration popular around the world. It was already popular in their country. Ricardo did this after finishing on the podium at the 2016 German Grand Prix. Ricciardo celebrated with podium finishers and celebrities as part of the ceremony.
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Australian fast bowler Andrew Tye had made it clear that he would celebrate Shui if his team Punjab Kings (Kings XI Punjab) won the title in the 2019 IPL, but Punjab’s could not do so and the star’s wish did not materialize.
With seven balls to spare, Australia overtook New Zealand’s 173 – run target in the final. Score: New Zealand 172/4 in 20 overs, Australia 173/2 in 18.5 overs.
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Mitchell Marsh (77 off 50 balls) and David Warner (53 off 38 balls) were the main contributors to Australia’s victory. Glenn Maxwell (28 off 18 balls) was also instrumental in Australia’s victory.
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Earlier, New Zealand lost the toss and opted to bat, scoring 172 for four in the allotted 20 overs. Captain Kane Williamson led New Zealand’s innings with a superb batting performance. Williamson’s devastating attack on the Australian bowlers came at a time when other New Zealand batsmen were struggling to find rhythm on the pitch in Dubai. Williamson was the Kiwis’ top scorer with 85 off 48 balls.