Why is Joe Root in Awe of Virat Kohli ?

Siddharth Nair
|Tue Jan 17 2017


Virat Kohli started off his tenure as India’s limited overs captain by playing one of his more memorable innings which helped India script a brilliant run chase to overtake England’s 350 with ease. (Why is Joe Root in Awe of Virat Kohli ?)

While Kedar Jadhav also played his part with a superb century, the ease with which Kohli played that innings is what really surprised people. It is as if he just does not feel the pressure in a run chase which makes him an invaluable asset to the Indian team.

And one of his biggest fans is Joe Root is in awe of the Indian captain. (Why is Joe Root in Awe of Virat Kohli ?)

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“He’s one of the best at run chases in the game, in fact, he probably is the best at it. His record says he’s got 15 hundreds chasing scores down now. I’d love to sit and chat with him, but I’ve not had that opportunity yet. Definitely watching him go about his business there is a lot of thought behind it.”

“One thing he did was talk his partner through it at the other end and helped him construct his innings. There was a lot of thought behind it and for us, that is something we’ve got to learn from,” he added.

In response to the game overall for Engalnd, Root said that he was as disappointed as the rest of his team mates.

“It was disappointing how it panned out considering the start we had,” he said. “One thing we noticed is that early on he chanced his arm which you have to, I suppose, to get up near the run rate.

“We didn’t get the opportunities to stick, and in hindsight, if we could have slightly more individual plans to him then that could be a way to go. He got one just over the third man and it looked like we were going to take a wicket at any stage in that five-over period after [MS] Dhoni got out,” he added. (Why is Joe Root in Awe of Virat Kohli ?)

 


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