Joe Root, England skipper is aware of Virat Kohli’s amazing home record as captain and batsman and expects the Indian team to respond strongly from ball one of 2nd Test.
Skipper Joe Root said that he expects Virat Kohli-led India to respond strongly after suffering their first Test defeat and is braced for a more aggressive Indian team in the second Test. Joe Root acknowledged awareness of Virat Kohli’s phenomenal record as a captain and batsman in home conditions.
Joe Root Expects Virat Kohli To Come To The For And India Respond Strongly
India, who lost their first home Test in 4 years, will be eager to stage a comeback after suffering a 227-run defeat in the first Test against England.
Virat Kohli returned to lead the team after his paternity break as he missed the last 3 Tests in Australia but couldn’t carry on the winning momentum as they went down 0-1 in the four-match series at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai. It was the fourth successive Test defeat under Virat Kohli and India’s first loss at this venue since 1999. In the seven Tests before that, he had won seven in a row, the longest such sequence for an Indian captain.
“I expect Virat to want to come out and for India to respond straight away from ball one of the Test match, whatever it is that the toss dictates. He is a proud guy with an unbelievable record in his own conditions as captain and a batter. He will want to come to the fore in this series sooner rather than later. We are very well aware of that,” Joe Root said.
In 57 Tests which was captained by Virat Kohli, he scored 5303 runs averaging 60.26 much better than his overall Test average of 53.24 in 88 Tests.
Joe Root: England Should Try To Play In The Same Manner As They Did In 1st Test Against India And 2 Tests In Sri Lanka
Joe Root, 30, ended his run drought by slamming two centuries including a double ton in the two-match series against Sri Lanka which England won 2-0. Joe Root amassed 426 runs in four innings at an average of 106.50 including two centuries with a high score of 228 against Sri Lanka before match-winning 218 in 1st Test against India at Chennai.
“All we have got to do is keep trying to play in the same manner as we have done in the first game and the two games in Sri Lanka. Respond well to the conditions, the situation and the surface in front of us. Try and be as ruthless as we can be if we get in a position of strength within the game,” Joe Root added.
“We will play the game how we want to play it. It is really important. We have had great success going about things in a certain way in the recent past. It suits the group and the personalities that make up this team and squad. We will go about things in our own manner. The most important thing for me is that we try and follow through on our game plan once again.”
With a place in the World Test Championship Final on the line, both teams will be determined to secure a victory in this second Test.
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