Joe Root put on a brilliant batting performance in England’s second innings in the first Test against New Zealand. Root scored an unbeaten 115 to help his team chase down 277 with ease. Root scored his 26th hundred and completed 10,000 runs in the longest format to get himself included in an elite list of players.
The former England captain was on song as he creamed his shots through gaps. Root scored twelve boundaries in his innings, all a delight to watch. These magical shots from Root were cheered by every fan in the stadium. But what was cheered on social media was a magic trick Root did with his bat during the innings.
In a video going viral on the internet, Root is seen making his bat stand still for almost 3-4 seconds while he himself stood at the non-striker’s end. Root’s bat stands completely still while the batter is seen moving. The video of the incident was caught in frames and it went viral on social media in no time. “I knew @root66 was talented but not as magic as this……. What is this sorcery?” wrote a user on Twitter while sharing the video.
Watch it here:
— Ben Joseph (@Ben_Howitt) June 5, 2022
Was that a magic trick?
This viral video sent the cricket fans into a frenzy as they could not believe what Root had just done. Everyone had only one question on their minds, “was that a magic trick from Root?”. Well, there is no doubt that Root can perform magical shots with the bat in hand, the one being seen in the video was not a magic trick. It was basically about balancing the weight of the bat.
As Joe Root plays with a bat with a flat bottom, he could balance the weight of the bat and make it stand still for a while.