ENG vs IND 2018: Would've liked seeing Joe Root do the "Andrew Flintoff celebration" in Leeds, says Stuart Broad

Root did a "drop the mic" celebration after winning the ODI series decider for England.

Stuart Broad (Reuters)

Right-arm fast bowler, Stuart Broad has expressed that he is impressed with Joe Root's matchwinning knock in the ODI series decider but he could've done celebrated it a bit more extravagantly. 

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 actually talked about how embarrassing this felt to him after the match, as he 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),”

But, someone wanted Root to take it to another level. Broad wanted Root to celebrate like Andrew Flintoff, the former England all-rounder once did during an India vs England ODI in 2002. Flintoff took off his shirt and celebrated around the ground like there's no tomorrow when England won the Mumbai ODI during their 2002 tour to India. The moment didn't go down quite well with the then Indian captain Sourav Ganguly who followed it up with his famous victory celebration at Lord's balcony after India won the Natwest triangular series final the same year. 

Though, Broad would've felt pleased if Root had gone onto the extent of emulating Flintoff. He took to the social media network Twitter and posted, "RT if you’d have preferred @root66 to whip his shirt off & run round Headingley rather than that ‘bat drop.’ ????????"



By Kashish Chadha - 19 Jul, 2018

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