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Video: Moeen Ali walked out of ‘champagne celebration’ after winning over South Africa

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LONDON: England star Moeen Ali is once again in news for all the right reason.

When team-mates enjoyed England’s 3-1 Test series win over South Africa by spraying champagne bottles as a part of celebration, Moeen Ali distanced himself before the shower of champagne.

The 30-year-old off-spinner and left-handed batsman, a strict Muslim and teetotaler, leave the team celebration because his religion does not allowed alcohol use and it is prohibited in Islam.

He did not want even a single bubble to come in contact with him when champagne is being sprayed around on the winners’ podium.

Ali received praises for his act from the community members.

 

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When asked Ali if he feel as an outcast, he said, “The team understands I stay away from the champagne thing. Cooky said, ‘Make sure we take the picture first’ and then I moved out of the way. I don’t feel I miss out — it’s just spraying a bottle, not that exciting really! But we have a great laugh. I really enjoy being in the changing room,” he was quoted as saying by The Sun.

On Monday, English cricketers defeated the formidable South Africa by a margin of 3-1 for the first time since 1998.