England captain Joe Root was the striking batsman for his team and battled in both innings to give his team a real chance to win the first Test against India at Nottingham. But unfortunately the weather played its part and gave the decisive blow, which had to force the match even. Joe Root, who is also the player of the match, remarked that even though the match was incredible, he complained that the weather was decisive.
Joe Root came on 42-2 in the first innings and looked full from the start while Jonny Bairstow was next to him. However, the latter’s focus dropped before lunch and died for 70. The next thing the crowd of Trent Bridge saw was the hosts collapsing into a heap. The pressure also came on Root when he scored 64 runs from England’s first innings of 183.
English bowlers used the conditions pretty well to keep India at 278; however, the lead of 95 was frightening. Joe Root also got into a similar stage in the second innings and had to concentrate a little more this time. The people like Dom Sibley, Dan Lawrence, Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler struggled around the captain but could not build on. He reaches his century with an elegant straight ride while giving 109 India 209 for victory.
Hopefully we can take some of the good things we did this week to the rest of the series: Joe Root
Joe Root said the climate robbed them of an exciting last day and that even 40 overs could have been exciting. The Yorkshire batsman hopes to carry the positive aspects of the first Test to the rest of the series, and regrets the weather with the last say. The 30-year-old also expects more runs from the top batsmen and all the catches.
Joe Root further emphasizes the need to adapt to a flexible schedule and the constant change in formats. The right-handed batsman enjoys his challenging shots in both innings and feels relieved. Root praised India’s needle-building attack, claiming that they tested the defense and that he was only aiming to put the pressure back.
“It was a great Test match, the weather robbed us of an entertaining last day. Even 40 overs could have given us something exciting. Hopefully we can take some of the good things we did this week to the rest of the series. It felt like there would be nine chances, it was just to let the game go long enough and make sure we had our catchers in. It’s a shame the weather won today. There are certain areas we want to keep working on; we obviously want to score more runs at the top of the order and take the chances we create, but Test cricket is a challenge.
We need to keep working on our game, and also retain the fun element in it. We’re going to have to deal with it [the schedule, the shifts in format] as long as we have this schedule. It helps to have experience. It’s a little harder for the younger guys, but none of us in the locker room use it as an excuse. There was a lot of enjoyment in how I struggled, and there was also some faith. “India has a very good seam attack, and they have been testing our defense for a long time, and from my point of view it was putting pressure on them, ” Root tells during the post-match presentation.