Joe Root Virat Kohli mic drop celebration India England 2018 ODIs
No, Virat Kohli doesn’t seem amused one bit at Joe Root’s celebration © Getty Images

With his second century in a row, and a record one at that, Joe Root led England to a 2-1 series win over India in the deciding ODI at Headingley on Tuesday. Having completed his 13th ODI century, one that made him the most successful centurion for England in the format, to clinch the win, Root coolly proceeded to drop his bat from his right hand in a theatrical celebration known as a ‘mic drop’.

A pop culture reference most commonly used by rappers and comedians — and perhaps most famously by Barack Obama during his final White House correspondents’ dinner in 2016 — the mic drop has come to signify the end of a statement so definitive that it cannot be followed.

Root has become the first cricketer, at least at the international level, to produce the mic drop. It was an emphatic statement indeed, for in reaching three figures Root surpassed Marcus Trescothick’s mark of 12 ODI centuries to become the most successful century-maker for England.


How was the punctuation of success received by Root’s teammates? England’s limited-overs captain, Eoin Morgan, grinned when he said of Root’s celebration: “A statement? No, he made a food of himself?”

Watching from close range was India skipper Virat Kohli, who suffered the first bilateral series loss as captain on Tuesday. Will he remember Root’s bold ‘statement’ during the upcoming five-Test series? Time will tell … but it could well become a reference point as an engaging summer shifts into more serious business.