The moment which caught everyone's attention was Cummins can be seen calling back Khawaja to join the trophy celebrations and stopping his teammates to keep the champagne bottles away
Australia's Test captain Pat Cummins has received immense praise as he won the hearts of many fans across the globe with a brilliant gesture for batter Usman Khawaja during the Ashes trophy celebration.
Australia outclassed England 4-0 under the captaincy of fast bowler Cummins thus successfully retaining the Ashes.
Spraying champagne all around the place is quite common during the trophy celebrations and the Australian cricket team were no different.
But the moment which caught everyone's attention was Cummins can be seen calling back Khawaja to join the trophy celebrations and stopping his teammates to keep the champagne bottles away. Besides his on-field captaincy during the Ashes, the 28-year-old was praised for his incredible off-field gesture too.
"Usman is obviously Muslim, so he doesn't like champagne being thrown. I just made sure he got up there and no champagne was thrown," Cummins told reporters after the match.
Pat Cummins realises Usman Khawaja had to step aside because of the alcohol spraying celebrations, asks his other teammates to put the drinks away and calls Khawaja back over to the centre of the victory photo to celebrate. This was nice ❤pic.twitter.com/zykZ4bWa9Y— Aatif Nawaz (@AatifNawaz) January 16, 2022
Pat Cummins asking for the champagne showers to stop so his Muslim brother Usman can join the celebrations tells you all you need to know about his captaincy. Absolute leadership #Ashes— David Bullock (@daviesmalls) January 16, 2022
Fantastic awareness and sensitivity shown by Australian cricket captain Pat Cummins during his team’s victory over England, last night.— CJ Werleman (@cjwerleman) January 17, 2022
He tells the team to put away the champagne, so that his Muslim teammate Usman Khawaja can join in the celebration. pic.twitter.com/fuw3DReYve
Pat Cummins ❤️ https://t.co/ZjEyxfEL87— Isa Guha (@isaguha) January 16, 2022
May seem like a relatively small gesture by Pat Cummins, but would have been massive for Usman in feeling acknowledged and part of the team 👏👏👏 https://t.co/EgYOhhDfTY— DrZaf (@sportsdrzaf) January 16, 2022
As English cricket wrangles over how to deal with Yorkshire, Pat Cummins easily and gracefully shows that starting with being a decent human being isn’t that hard.— Guerilla Cricket #GCFromHome (@guerillacricket) January 16, 2022
Pakistan-born Khawaja is the first-ever Muslim to represent the Australian men's team. He made a stunning comeback in the fourth Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) where he scored centuries in both innings.