England Cricket Team created history when Jos Buttler and teammates managed to lift their second T2O World Cup after defeating Pakistan by five wickets in the final at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday, 13th November.
Amid the festivities, the England players and their passionate support staff celebrated their historic win with victory chants, dances, fireworks, and champagne. There was a soothing sight performed by England captain Jos Buttler.
Not only did he received praise for his sensational performance throughout the tournament and for leading the team to a stunning victory but Buttler was also praised for his heartfelt gesture after the game was over.
At that time, Buttler and other teammates posed with trophies and victory medals around their necks as many photographers captured England’s historic victory. However, right before the champagne celebrations started, Butler swiftly asked teammates Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid to step aside for a champagne celebration to honor their beliefs.
Following Buttler’s gesture, the two Muslim cricketers left the stage and returned to join their teammates after the champagne celebration. Rashid and Moeen are known to avoid alcohol as part of their Islamic practice. They previously avoided celebrating with champagne during England’s festivities after winning the ODI World Cup in 2019.
The video showing Buttler’s laudable act of respecting his teammate’s religion quickly garnered a lot of attention from fans after being posted on social media. Internet users marveled at Buttler’s warning of his two teammates before starting the celebrations with champagne.
Last year, Australian cricketer Pat Cummins demonstrated a similar gesture when he stopped his teammates from opening a bottle of champagne so Muslim teammate Usman Khwaja could return to the stage for a team photo following their win against England at the Ashes 2021-22.