Former English cricketer Graham Gooch reckoned England should also start finding contributions from other batsmen, with Joe Root scoring the bulk of the runs. The English captain has so far been very impressive in the home series against India, but the sad thing is that he has not received any contributions from the other players.
The English top order was very vulnerable and could not apply themselves with a series of soft dismissals. England have taken Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley out of their squad for the third Test and Haseeb Hameed is likely to come out on top. Root has already scored two hundreds in the two Tests, while the other batsmen in England have not yet crossed the 50-run mark.
‘You can not always deliver on time, and the expectation is not useful’ – Graham Gooch
Graham Gooch mentioned that England had relied too much on one batsman who he said should change soon. He even compared his own career to the responsibility of delivering every time that might haunt him in the future. He added that no player can perform all the time and that the expectation can be dangerous.
“We are too dependent on the one person. I had the experience, and it’s not a complaint, but at certain stages of my career there was a greater responsibility to deliver it. As a player, you can be in the best shape of your life, but you can not deliver all the time and the expectation is not helpful. You all need to contribute. “When I became captain, it spurred me on for the best period of my career.” Graham Gooch told the Daily Mail
Graham Gooch Reckons Joe Root feels the pressure
Graham Gooch thought he was heading towards the end of his career, although he was in shape as there were many newcomers in the team and Joe Root compared to the same phase. He added that Joe Root would come under pressure as he was the only man in the batting line-up and was confident Root would continue his good condition.
‘But I felt the pressure later at the end before resigning in ’93. I had a good series against Australia, scoring two hundreds, but I felt the pressure to do well because we have quite a few younger players. You just feel the pressure. Whatever he says, Joe will feel the pressure, because right now he’s 50, 60, 70 percent of our batting, right? Can he keep this form going for the rest of the series? Of course he can. ” He added
India took a 1-0 lead in the series with a win at Lord’s and England need to get their form back quickly.