England’s captain, Joe Root admits that it will be a tough challenge to play the Indian team in their home conditions, especially after conquering Australia. However, Joe Root reckons Virat Kohli’s side will have more pressure to win at home than the visitors.
The Indian team hasn’t lost a Test series at home for 8 years – incidentally, their last series loss in India came against England in 2012. Under Virat Kohli, India has not lost a single series at home – indeed they have come second in only a solitary game; against Steve Smith’s Australia in 2017 in Pune.
Despite India’s dominant home record, Joe Root says that his team is unfazed by the occasion as they face the subcontinent giants in Chennai on Friday. The English skipper opines that his side has the ability to triumph in India – the Three Lions are coming off a 2-0 whitewash over Sri Lanka, and their spinners, Jack Leach and Dom Bess, who both took fifers, along with Moeen Ali will be imperative in Chennai, where the first couple of Tests will be played.
As quoted by India Today, Joe Root said, “To get the opportunity to play India off the back of them beating Australia in Australia – what a scalp that would be for us. There will be more pressure on them than us – they have an expectation to uphold that record in their conditions.”
“It’s a big one, we’re all aware of that because it’s a very difficult place to come and win. But that doesn’t scare us and it shouldn’t. We certainly have the tools to win these four games. It should be really good fun,” he added.
Joe Root to play his 100th Test match
On Friday in the first Test match of the 4-match series in Chennai, Joe Root will okay his 100th Test match for England. The right-hander made his Test debut in 2012 in Nagpur – the same series which England won under Sir Alastair Cook – and struck 73 in his debut innings.
The Yorkshireman is now the captain of his country and will hope to repeat Cook’s feat of winning a Test series in India. The 30-year-old is coming off a scintillating series with the bat in Sri Lanka where he smashed a double hundred and a hundred in two Tests. Also, England has won their last 4 Test series.
“As a captain, I think it would be. When I came into the team in 2012 I played a very small part in that amazing series. I don’t think at the time I appreciated how hard it is to win in these conditions,” Root reminisced.