England vs India 2018, 5th Test: Joe Root 'Thrilled' Over the Outcome of The Oval Test
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England skipper, Joe Root said that it had been a massive part of our dressing room after they won the wrapped the five-match Test series 4-1 against India. Hosts bagged The Oval Test by 118 runs following a great comeback by Team India on the fifth and final day of the Test fixture.

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Meanwhile, the hosts displayed a brilliant brand of cricket as they routed Virat Kohli and his men. Alastair Cook, the highest run-scorer for England in Test cricket also bowed out from the international circuit.

However, KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant showed great resistance against the English bowlers, who otherwise have done a splendid job with the bowl.

Previously, they skittled the visitors for 58 for three after setting a target of 464 at the end of day four. Rahul and Pant took the attack to the opposition as the fielders went in search for the leather.

India went to lunch with five wickets down having lost Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari in quick succession. James Anderson took the last wicket for England. He delivers a good length ball to Mohammed Shami.

Shami’s feet went nowhere as he pushed forward, gets beaten on the inside edge and the middle stump stands flattened.

However, India fought hard, India had their moments, but it was England who finally seized the initiative as they completed a 4-1 series win.

Pace spearhead James Anderson became the highest wicket-taker picking up 564 wickets as a fast bowler as he goes past veteran Australian Glenn McGrath in Test cricket.

Moreover, after the departure of Pant India couldn’t manage to save the last match to end it in a draw.

Alastair Cook earns Man of the Match and Virat Kohli and Sam Curran were declared as “Man of the Series” respectively.

England vs India 2018, 5th Test: Joe Root 'Thrilled' Over the Outcome of The Oval Test
The Oval Test turned out to be an enthralling one. PC: Getty Images

However, skipper Joe Root said India played some good cricket. India also batted well in the final session. He lauds Cook for his exceptional performance and even Anderson for becoming the highest-wicket taker in Tests as a fast bowler.

“It has been a very tough series. India have played some exceptional cricket. Everyone watching would have been thrilled as well. India batted really well to get into that position in the final session. I mean Alastair has been such an exceptional player for a long time. He has been a huge part of our dressing room. Jimmy has a lot (to play).” Root said.

Joe Root also added that hopefully, England will continue the same good cricket in future. He appreciated tthe young payers. And is hoping best for the future while lauding the efforts of Team India.

“To achieve what he has is unbelievable. Hopefully, he can continue for many more years. We are growing all the time. Some young guys have stood up and performed. We have a lot of learning to do.” Root concluded.

England won the series by a 4-1 win against India while clinching the Oval Test by 118 runs.

Arijit Chatterjee

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