It was an echo of the "mic-drop" end of set routine favoured by rock stars and comedians, and far removed from the traditional cricket gesture of raising the bat to acknowledge a hundred. "It was something I immediately regretted".
Root was yet again the tormentor-in-chief, scoring a second century in as many games and becoming the top run-scorer in the series as a result. The series had been poised on a knife edge after England won the second game by 86 runs at Lord's on Saturday and India won the first game by eight wickets.
England defeated India by 8 wickets in the third ODI on Tuesday to seal the three-match one-day series by 2-1 The series defeat was team India first bilateral loss under Virat Kohli as many players failed to live up to the expectation in the final match.
Rashid´s haul included two wickets for two runs in six balls as he dismissed both India captain Virat Kohli, who top-scored with 71, and Suresh Raina in the 31st over. His technical play against him in the final two ODIs - generally playing back at Lord's and then forward here in Leeds - was outstanding and was achieved after Root noted his movements against Kuldeep had to be crisper and quicker.
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"I didn't use Merlyn on this occasion".
Root had scores of three, 113 not out and 100 not out, which earned him 34 points and have now put him 93 points behind Kohli.
He said: "You'd think if you were going to do a celebration like that you'd have smacked it 30 yards out of the ground but it didn't really get there did it?"
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But they are fifth in an equivalent International Cricket Council Test table topped by India.
And to think, some on social media where wondering whether Joe Root was a necessity in England's one-day side!
"It's something we are trying really hard to replicate within the Test team", Root said.
The 27-year-old has made 15 ODI appearances for England and featured in 18 T20 internationals.
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