Dhaka – The photos of Shakib Al Hasan saluting English cricketer Ben Stokes have gone viral on Facebook soon after Bangladesh clinched its first Test match victory against England on Sunday, UNB news agency reported.
Thousands of Facebook users in Bangladesh started posting photos and videos of saluting gestures in tribute to Shakib Al Hasan’s salute while dismissing Ben Stokes in the second and final test against England.
Naqeeb Khan, a user on Facebook, posted the ‘Shakib Salute’ while commenting that ‘this is going to trend for a while.’
A Dhaka-bound bus filled with passengers of various ages all saluted in a picture which is still going viral everywhere.
After breaching Stokes’ defences and costing Stokes to fall back to the pavillion, Shakib — reminiscent of West Indian Marlon Samuels’ send-off for Stokes during a Test in April 2015 — put his hands up to his head, saluting the England player on his way back to the pavilion.
But this was more due to a recent misbehaviour on the part of Stokes, who refused to shake the hands of an approaching Abdul Majid, a BCB XI player during a practice game a few weeks back. However, Stokes took it all in his stride, thanking the Bangladesh fans and sending a salute Shakib’s way after the match ended in a Facebook post.
“Thanks for having us Bangladesh been a brilliant Test/ODI series,salute to the security and the people and of course Shakib Al Hasan,” Stokes wrote on his Facebook page.