England captain Joe Root might have started the India tour promisingly for his side; however, it ended grimly for the tourists as they succumbed to a 3-1 series loss in the end. Joe Root could not show the required resilience in England’s second innings as they suffered an innings defeat, leaving India to compete with New Zealand in the ICC World Test Championship final.
England could not have asked for a better start to their India tour as they defeated the hosts by 227 runs in the first Test in Chennai. It got a whole lot better as Joe Root mustered a double hundred and his other men rallied behind him to inflict a rare Test defeat on Virat Kohli’s men at home. But the English batsmen crumbled against spin-bowling continuously as the series went on, suffering heavy losses one after the other.
England also won crucial tosses in the last two Tests; however, they squandered the advantages by making below-par first-innings totals. It followed the tourists losing critical moments in the match by letting the Indian batsmen off the leash and the spin-bowlers lacking the required bite equally contributed to it. Nevertheless, the batting line-up’s repeated failures were the crucial part that played in England’s loss.
We need to keep learning and keep getting better for this experience and this series: Joe Root
Joe Root claimed that while the first Test had a positive outcome, England could not match India in the final three. Joe Root credited India for thriving in these conditions and won the critical moments that shaped their victory. The Yorkshire batsman also praised Washington Sundar and Rishabh Pant for playing well under pressure and wished India good luck in the final. As for the rotation of players are concerned, the 30-year old believes that looking after the players and resting them is crucial. Root admired the hospitality they received in India and hopes to learn and become better at playing in these conditions.
“The first game was a positive. We haven’t matched India in the last three, and we need to keep learning and keep getting better for this experience and this series, and we need to keep evolving and move forward. There are some key areas where India grabbed the game and we didn’t. Washington and Rishabh played extremely well at a time when we had a good hold on the game. We also didn’t score runs the way we would have liked, and India outplayed us. Best of luck to them in the final.
These were the first two Tests here, and I’m sure there are going to be some great Tests here later, and there was no history here, but hopefully we can get better in future in these conditions. It’s really important that we have to look after our players in terms of resting them, and we can’t keep playing them until they fall over. We need to look after them and rotate them as necessary. It’s been a good series, enjoyed the hospitality and loved being here for the series,” Root said in the post-match presentation.