Former English cricketer Andrew Flintoff is known for his carefree nature and buoyant attitude, on and off the pitch, and has held the limelight during his playing days on various issues regarding the game.
But, the latest incident, which occurred at Edgbaston during the Twenty20 clash between Nottinghamshire and Birmingham, has had the English legend become the centre of attention once again.
Flintoff stole the show in the finals of the tournament as he dressed up as iconic singer Elvis Presley, and enacted a joint rendition of ‘Sweet Caroline’ alongside David Lloyd at the venue.
However, in the middle of his performance, the 39-year-old hit the deck, amidst the astonishment of the cheering crowd inside the stadium.
The embarrassing scenario did not deter him from being adjudged the winner of the ‘Great British Sing off’, with the panel voting 2-1 in his favour.
This is not the first time, the Brit has mimicked the singing legend in public platform, as he had done so during the filming of the television show ‘A League of their Own’ hosted by comedian James Corden, on more than one occasion.
But, despite the tumble at the cricket ground, he won over the fans while Nottinghamshire outshined Birmingham to secure a brilliant victory.
Former English star Samit Panel produced an all-round show to guide the Outlaws to a 22-run win, guaranteeing a trophy treble this summer.
He scored an impressive 64 not out off 42 balls before running out Birmingham opener Ed Pollock with a direct hit.
Patel said: “I really enjoyed the run outs – because it’s normally me being run out!
“We tried to keep our cool after losing those early wickets and be calculated in the way we picked the gaps.”
A sensational 132-run partnership with Brendon Taylor, who scored 65, helped the Notts register a massive total of 190-4 at the end of 20 overs.
Birmingham Bears fell 22-run short of the desired target, with Sam Hain being the highest scorer with 72, while Harry Gurney had four scalps to his name, to confirm the victory.
Watch Freddie Flintoff's memorable moment in the video below.
Although, Bears boss Ashley Giles was impressed by his team’s performance and said: “I’m really proud of the guys – we’re playing a a much more dynamic brand of cricket to what we were a few weeks ago. We’re playing a more modern game.
“Samit is a bit of a pain, let’s be honest! He’s a heck of a cricketer and always seems to play well against us.”
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