Indian cricketer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was named the joint man of the series in the recently concluded test series against England. He managed to score 250 runs and also took 19 wickets. He was India’s most consistent performer. However, his father has claimed that he is unhappy that Bhuvi was given a bottle of champagne as a gift.

His father said, “I watched the presentation ceremony after the Test match on Sunday. The huge-margin defeats [in the series] hurt more than Bhuvi winning the MoS award. My son is a teetotaller and don’t know what he would do with this bottle. Bhuvi does not smoke, or even touches a glass of wine. I don’t think this practice of gifting champagne bottles exist in other countries. It should be stopped.”

His sister Rekha said that though he has never touched a wine bottle ever, he is matured enough to take a call.

However, England’s media director Colin Gibson said that it’s a tradition in England and many other countries.

He said, “The champagne bottles are supplied by sponsors. It is traditional in many countries not just England. Champagne is also celebratory in other sports such as motor racing. This has/had been a practice in Australia, South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand and at some ICC events. In India there is sometimes something like a motor cycle from the sponsors which is not likely in England.”

It is heartening to see that even in this day and age, people value their family traditions and values.

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