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What’s mic-drop? Find out more as Virat Kohli mic-drop video grabs the headlines

Deccan Chronicle 2018-08-02 12:36:00

Mumbai: 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.

Here’s a little bit about the mic-drop:

What does mic-drop mean?

It’s 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”.

When did the mic-drop become an “in” thing?

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.[2] The first recorded mic drop was by Judy Garland on a 1965 episode of The Ed Sullivan show.

How Barack Obama made it famous?

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.

Watch the Virat Kohli mic-drop: