It was a statement more than anything else. Joe Root's magnificent 100* in the third ODI at Headingley, which allowed Eoin Morgan's side to race their way towards overcoming India's first innings score of 256, was followed by an act of swagger, as he celebrated doing "drop the mic" gesture during the moments he was getting showered with appreciation through claps all around by the large crowd at the scenic ground in Leeds for scoring the winning runs and clinching the victory for his country.
Root proved a point to his critics who have been pointing towards his inability to convert starts into something more substantial like other best players around the world do. Now though, the innocent lad has expressed that he feels quite embarrassed about it and won't repeat it ever again.
The "drop the mic" thing is usually seen being done by the rockstars and comedians.
Root talked about it and said, “It was something that I immediately regretted, I’ve not heard the end of it, it was literally the most embarrassing thing I’ve done on a cricket field. I don’t think it will be the last I hear of it from the group -- they’ve been hammering me(reaction of teammates),”
The great feature of Root's innings was his footwork against the Indian wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav, as he negated the threat he was thought to be leading upto the match. A very happy Root dwelled on this and said, “I didn’t use Merlyn(Spin-bowling practice machine) on this occasion. I looked at the three balls I faced and got out to -- one thing that’s very easy to do is over-analyse things, over-think things, I felt like I was picking him (Kuldeep) fine and when you look at it for what it actually was, both games my movements weren’t quick enough and I wasn’t getting close enough to the ball, either going forward or back."
“The best players of spin in the world, their footwork is always sharp and when that contact point is there, you’re as still as possible, literally under-arm feeds, trying to get close to the ball, simple as that and the mindset of either giving myself as much time as possible or smothering the spin.”
(Inputs from Hindustan Times)