The Indian cricket team, led by Rohit Sharma in the absence of Virat Kohli, arrive in UAE as the co-favourites to win the Asia Cup title, with Pakistan being the other team with the tag since they were playing in ‘home’ conditions. Though the defending champions went on to lift the title, it wasn’t Pakistan but Bangladesh whom they defeated in the final on Friday. When came the time of celebrations, a rather beautiful gesture was witnessed as skipper Rohit handed youngster Khaleel Ahmed the opportunity to hold the trophy in the middle, something that has become a trend in Indian cricket since MS Dhoni’s reign.
The act of making the newest member of the team (be it in terms of experience or age) hold the tournament trophy was famously been seen during the days of MS Dhoni as the captain of Indian cricket team. Virat Kohli was also seen doing the same when he had handed the trophy to youngster Mohammad Siraj as India had defeated New Zealand in a T20I series last year and on multiple other occasions.
Rohit Sharma seems to be continuing the tradition as the post-match celebrations at the Dubai International Cricket stadium in the Asia Cup saw the newest member of the team, Khaleel Ahmed, in the center with the trophy in his hand during the title celebrations. Even as the trophy was being handed to the team, Rohit was jointly holding it with Khaleel.