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 Root celebrated his century on Tuesday with a 'mic-drop' celebration

Root celebrated his century on Tuesday with a 'mic-drop' celebration



England batsman Joe Root dropped his bat in the manner of a singer dropping a microphone at the end of a performance which he called ‘mic-drop’ celebration.

Root’s second successive century ensured England clinched the one-day series 2-1, BBC reports.

"It was a car crash," he said.

"I've not heard the end of it. It was something I immediately regretted."

Root's century - his 13th in one-day internationals, the most by an England batsman - steered the team to an eight-wicket win.

Twitter went wild, and if that’s any indication, Root’s mic-drop will be remembered for plenty of years to come, ICC reports.

But cricket has plenty of these iconic celebrations. Below we look at 11 of the best:

Shane Warne’s victory dance

Warne's jig in the Trent Bridge balcony will live long in the memory

Warne's jig in the Trent Bridge balcony will live long in the memory


The legendary leg-spinner’s jive on the Trent Bridge balcony after Australia’s successful Ashes tour in 1997 generated a lot of talk. The locals didn’t care for it much, but Warne’s expression of pure joy will live long in the memory.

Swann’s sprinkler

The Barmy Army did the Sprinkler along with Swann

The Barmy Army did the Sprinkler along with Swann


Once again, the Ashes brought out players’ creative sides. When England retained the urn in 2010, Graeme Swann led the celebrations, and found the Barmy Army in receptive mood when he did the sprinkler dance at the MCG.

Unstoppable Tahir

Imran Tahir celebrates

Imran Tahir celebrates


When Imran Tahir gets going, there’s no stopping him. The trademark, wild running follows every wicket he takes – just look at him go!

Hassan ‘explosion’ Ali

Hasan Ali celebrates each wicket with the 'explosion'

Hasan Ali celebrates each wicket with the 'explosion'


After every wicket, the Pakistan paceman emulates what seems like an explosion. It’s earned him a cult following.

Lord Ganguly

Ganguly Without Shirt Lords NatWest Trophy, 2002

Ganguly Without Shirt Lords NatWest Trophy, 2002


A celebration that symbolised a defiant new India – in 2002, after beating England in a thriller in the final of the NatWest series, the India captain Sourav Ganguly took his shirt off in the Lord’s balcony and waved it over his head.   

A celebration completely out of place at the home of cricket, but cherished nonetheless.

Oppa Gangnam style

West Indies celebrated their ICC World T20 2012 win with the Gangnam style

West Indies celebrated their ICC World T20 2012 win with the Gangnam style


The world has the universe boss to thank for this. The jig – made famous by South Korean rapper Psy – was brought to cricket by Chris Gayle and his West Indies team-mates, and they lit up the World T20 2012 with it.

Bravo’s Champion

Dwayne Bravo of the West Indies celebrates his teams win after defeating England with Emirates Stewardess during the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Final between England and West Indies at Eden Gardens

Dwayne Bravo of the West Indies celebrates his teams win after defeating England with Emirates Stewardess during the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Final between England and West Indies at Eden Gardens


If it was Gangnam in 2012, it was Dwayne Bravo’s Champion in 2016. The dance inspired the West Indies – both men and women’s teams – to the World T20 2016 title, Bravo would later say.

It was an infectious, joyous jig that one simply couldn’t help doing.

Sune Luus bowls a beauty and celebrates!

When Sune Luus claimed a wicket against Papua New Guinea in the Women’s World Cup Qualifier, the world was witness to a secret handshake and dab.

The Pakistan push-up

A well regimented celebration from Pakistan!

A well regimented celebration from Pakistan!


One that will be recalled over and over again. When Pakistan saw off England at Lord’s in 2016, Younis Khan led the team as they all dropped to the turf in unison and performed push-ups. It was a tribute to an army boot camp the team had attended before tour.
A well regimented celebration from Pakistan!

Shaw Force

India celebrate immediately following the 2018 #U19CWC final in Tauranga

India celebrate immediately following the 2018 #U19CWC final in Tauranga


The kids are alright. After India won the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup 2019 in New Zealand earlier this year, Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill raised their hand, and seemingly caused the rest of the team to fall in a heap. It was a choreography of the ‘Hypnosis’ celebration in Fifa 18.

The chest roll

Springer's dancing wicket celebrations

Springer's dancing wicket celebrations


The kids were always alright. In 2016, as the West Indies cruised to the ICC Under 19 World Cup title, they did it with typical flair. Shamar Springer introduced the world to the chest roll, and it went wild … so much that even the commentators gave it a shot!



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