After a tough stint on the field on Day 2 of the ongoing India vs England 3rd Test, Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj has said that the team does not need to be bothered by Joe Root scoring runs. Mohammed Siraj also pointed out that the team’s morale should not go down as they are leading the series 1-0.
The Virat Kohli and boys have gone through a miserable performance in the ongoing India vs England 3rd Test. Batting first, the team was dismantled by the English pace attack in Leeds, getting all-out of just 78 runs in 1st innings. Later, England also reached 423-8 on the stumps of Day 2, gaining a 345-run lead over the visitors.
We Are Still Left With 2 Matches And Leading The Series 1-0, Says Mohammed Siraj
While speaking to the press after the Day 2 proceedings, Mohammed Siraj said that Joe Root is in a good and flow and hence scoring a lot of runs, but India should not be bothered by that. Joe Root smacked a century on Day 2, storming 14 fours to reach 121 runs before losing his wicket.
“Sometimes we have a bad day, when we get out early in a Test match and have to field longer. But that shouldn’t lower your morale as we are still left with two matches and leading the series 1-0. We don’t need to worry too much, we just need to believe in our skills and back ourselves”, Mohammed Siraj said.
“When a batsman (Root) is in good touch and flow, they score runs. We shouldn’t be bothered by someone scoring runs. Even if you score 100 or 200, we are still one-up in the series. India shouldn’t worry much and focus on batting longer in the second innings,” Mohammed Siraj further said.
England skipper Joe Root smacked his 3rd century in the ongoing series. With 547 runs in 5 innings across 3 Tests so far at an outstanding average of 126+, the England skipper is the leading run-getter in the tournament. Other than 3 centuries, he also accounts for 1 century in the series.
Meanwhile, in the match at Headingly, England witnessed a good start in the 1st innings with the top three batsmen Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, and Dawid Malan scoring half-centuries. Later, Joe Root’s ton took England to a mammoth total in the match. For India, Mohammed Shami is the highest wicket-taker with 3 wickets so far, followed by Mohammed Siraj and Ravindra Jadeja with 2 wickets each.