While we are just a day into the five-match England versus India Test series, Virat Kohli has lit the fuse with a mic-drop to celebrate Joe Root’s run-out on Day 1 of the first Test, which also happens to be England’s 1000th, at the Edgbaston in Birmingham on Wednesday.
Although Kohli does not need a second invitation to get under the skin of his opponents on the cricket field, Root’s mic-drop following England’s ODI series win against India last month seemed to have presented Kohli with an absolute freebee.
Root’s was a big wicket, more so, when England looked to be cruising with Jonny Bairstow, batting with a great control, giving his skipper a solid company.
While Kohli’s fantastic fielding skills and top-notch fitness levels once again came to forefront with the way he chased the ball and threw it off-balance to generate a direct-hit to send Root packing, his celebrations – the mic-drop – managed to grab the eyeballs too.
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mic-drop is a gesture of intentionally dropping one’s microphone following ending one’s speech or performance on a winning note. It can also be termed as a sign of ultimate triumph or of a feat which can’t be followed or surpassed. According to Collins dictionary, mic-drop is “a gesture in which a person drops (or imitates the action of dropping) a handheld microphone to the ground as the finale to a speech or performance”.
The rappers, during their rap-battles, and the comedians used it in 1980s. The Wikipedia entry about the same says that an early occurrence (mic-drop) was Eddie Murphy in 1983 in his stand-up show Delirious. The first recorded mic drop was by Judy Garland on a 1965 episode of The Ed Sullivan show.
Back in 2012, the then US President Barack Obama appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and it became a big-time meme hit. Obama did the mic-drop yet again on April 30, 2016 as he ended his speech at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
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