“I told Russell that celebration was for Cristiano Ronaldo” – Akeal Hosein opens up on his maiden BBL wicket

One of the fine talents from West Indies, Akeal Hosein made his debut in the Big Bash League for the Melbourne Renegades in their first encounter against Brisbane Heat on Thursday.

The left-arm spinner took the new-ball and was quite impressive throughout his spell.

He conceded just 15 runs and picked up three wickets to ensure his side managed to defend the total and it couldn’t have been a better debut for him.

Hosein who bowled the first over of the innings, completed a caught and bowled dismissal to send back Max Bryant early.

In his second over, Josh Brown tried to sweep him in the deep square leg area and was caught by Kane Richardson with a sliding catch.

The third wicket was the most relishing one for Hosein as he bowled the set batter Jimmy Peirson through his defences.

When Hosein picked up the first wicket, he was pointing the fingers above the sky in a subdued celebration.

When asked about it in the post-match interview, Hosein mentioned he dedicated it to footballer Cristiano Ronaldo who took part in the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

“I told him (Russell) that celebration was for Cristiano Ronaldo. That’s his celebration and that one was for him,” Hosein told in the post-match conference.

Happy to contribute for my team and get over the line: Akeal Hossein

Further, Hosein highlighted the different phases in the game that Melbourne Renegades were able to win and was delighted with his contribution in the game.

“We batted well in middle phases. I thought we got wickets in crucial moments as well. And just happy to contribute for my team and get over the line,” he added.

Former West Indian cricketer Ian Bishop heaped praises on Hosein in a tweet which went viral and he mentioned that he hasn’t seen a better performance from the youngster.

“Akeal Hosein on debut for the Melbourne Renegades in @BBL. 3 for 15 from 4 overs. Bowled as well as I’ve seen him bowl,” Bishop tweeted.

Also known for his big-hitting skills, Hosein failed with the bat in hand in the first innings scoring 1 (7) before getting out on the last ball of the penultimate over. The 29-year old player will next be seen in action against Sydney Thunder at Renegades’ home ground in the Dockland Stadium.

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