Why Joe Root regrets cocky 'bat drop' celebration

Joe Root’s match-winning century against India was marred by the batsman’s bat drop celebration, which he now regrets.

Root admitted to receiving some friendly abuse from his England team-mates after his “embarrassing” celebration, and confessed he would have taken it back if he could.

“It was something that I immediately regretted,” Root said.

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Joe Root immediately regretted his bat drop celebration against India. Pic: Getty

“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.”

Root held his arm straight out and let go of his bat to mark the milestone, mimicking an on-stage performer finishing their act by dropping the microphone to the stage before walking off.

“You’d think if you were going to do a celebration like that, you’d have smacked it 30 yards out of the ground,” Root said.

“It was just an absolute car crash.”

The batsman not only reached three figures but also clinched victory for the hosts with a four through mid-wicket off a Hardik Pandya full toss.

Root’s unbeaten 100 helped England secure an eight-wicket triumph in the series decider, as he recorded a second successive century following his unbeaten 113 at Lord’s on Saturday.

After playing a starring role in the one-day format, the right-hander will quickly have to switch his focus to red-ball cricket ahead of five Tests against the same opponents starting in August.

with Omnisport.