Joe Root wickets: The English captain picked three wickets without giving a run to dismantle the Indian batting lineup today.
During the second day of the third Test of the ongoing England’s tour of India in Ahmedabad, England captain Joe Root turned the tables for his team to put India on the back foot. The fact that Root left an impression with his part-time off-breaks and not the bat doesn’t speak highly about how the hosts have batted today.
Playing with a solitary specialist spinner in Jack Leach, Root brought himself into the attack to replace veteran pacer James Anderson in the 42nd over. With India already having lost the overnight pair of Ajinkya Rahane (7) and Rohit Sharma (66), Root sent back wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant (1) on the first ball that he bowled.
In his third over, Root was responsible for dismissing Washington Sundar (0) and Axar Patel (0) not allowing either of them to open their accounts. Root, who dismissed three left-handed batsmen in no time, had bowling figures of 3-3-0-3 at one point in time.
With India’s Ravichandran Ashwin (17) being their lone hope at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Root made it a point it to induce a slog from the right-hand batsman in his fifth over. With Ashwin mis-timing the ball, all Zac Crawley had to do was complete a simple catch.
At the time of writing this article, India lead by 31 runs in the first innings with just one wicket in hand. Root, who has picked four wickets till now, is in search of his maiden five-wicket haul.
Joe Root wickets
— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) February 25, 2021
Indian batsman can’t play off spinners from Yorkshire !! 😜 #INDvENG
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 25, 2021
98-2 to 125-8! In 13 overs. This game is galloping.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 25, 2021
India just can’t play part-time spin
Root three for nought
— Nick Hoult (@NHoultCricket) February 25, 2021
England have found Root!
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) February 25, 2021
When Joe Root gets 3 for 0……
— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) February 25, 2021
This could genuinely be over today.
— Ian Bell (@Ian_Bell) February 25, 2021
Joe Root. Unplayable.
— Felix White (@felixwhite) February 25, 2021
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) February 25, 2021
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