Wayne Parnell

Wayne Parnell pays tribute to Cristiano Ronaldo. Photos: ICC Media Zone and Backpagepix.

Wayne Parnell says CR7 celebration was mark of respect for GOAT

Proteas left-arm seamer Wayne Parnell has paid tribute to his sporting idol Cristiano Ronaldo with a memorable wicket celebration.

Wayne Parnell

Wayne Parnell pays tribute to Cristiano Ronaldo. Photos: ICC Media Zone and Backpagepix.

The Proteas Wayne Parnell has paid homage to Cristiano Ronaldo with his latest wicket celebration.

Usually the big celebrations come from Tabraiz Shamsi but on a pacey Perth wicket, South Africa backed their seamers.

Lungi Ngidi took four to remove the guts of the India batting stock and Parnell chipped in with 3 for 15 to help the Proteas keep the strangle on India in their crucial T20 World Cup match up.

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Wayne Parnell celebrates taking a wicket at the T20 World Cup. Photo: ICC Media Zone

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South Africa had their match against Zimbabwe rained off but remained unbeaten in the tournament and moved to the top of their group with the result.

Parnell has had a career of ups and downs and says that he looks to someone like Cristiano Ronaldo for inspiration.

When asked about the celebration, Parnell said: “The celebration of course comes from Ronaldo.

“I’ve always been a big Cristiano Ronaldo fan, and also a big Manchester United fan. 

“And obviously he has been going through a tough time recently.

“But something I’ve always admired is his resilience, and that’s something that I’ve taken on as well, that never say die attitude, and always wanting to put in performances for the team.”

World Cup contenders

The Proteas will be back in Sydney for their match against Pakistan on Thursday before wrapping up their Super 12s fixtures at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday when they face the Netherlands.

Victory over Pakistan will guarantee passage into the semi-finals for South Africa but if they are defeated they will likely get another crack at qualifying when they face the Dutch.

The Proteas had been flying under the radar until knocking over one of the tournament favourites in India.

South Africa are now at short odds to reach the last four but cricket fans in this country have been here before and might still have their doubts.

Doubtless the Proteas could win this tournament but will they hold their nerve in the latter stages?