Gautam Gambhir, former Indian batsman said that England skipper Joe Root and New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson play in the toughest conditions and that is the reason why they shouldn’t be compared to Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Steve Smith.
Impressed by the brilliant batting display by Joe Root who scored back to back tons in last 3 Tests, former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir said that the England captain and his New Zealand counterpart Kane Williamson should not be compared to Virat Kohli and Steve Smith.
Gautam Gambhir: Someone Like Kane Williamson And Joe Root Probably Play In Tough Conditions
Notably, the four players are part of the famous ‘Fab 4’ list in cricket and comparisons between them is the talk of the town for almost all the days of the year. Joe Root smashed a gigantic double hundred against India in the first test in Chennai, becoming the only cricketer to do so in his 100th Test. The 30-year-old hit a century each in all his last three Tests-two against Sri Lanka and one against India.
Gautam Gambhir has reckoned that Joe Root and Kane Williamson play in toughest conditions in England and New Zealand, respectively, adding that conditions in India and Australia tend to get favourable for the batsmen. Further, the 39-year-old former batsman praised Joe Root for stamping his authority in unfamiliar subcontinent conditions.
“You have to realize one thing that someone like Kane Williamson and Joe Root probably play in the toughest of conditions. England is not the easy place to play, with the Duke ball and in English conditions. And, New Zealand equally is not that easy to play when the ball is swinging and seaming. You look at sub-continent conditions, you look at Australian conditions, they tend to go flat. But England never goes flat, especially with the Duke ball,” Gautam Gambhir told ESPNcricinfo.
Joe Root continued to thwart Indian bowlers on Day-2 of the Chennai Test before getting off to Shahbaz Nadeem for a magnificent 218, setting England up for a mammoth first-innings score of 578 after England opted to bat.
Gautam Gambhir: One Can’t Compare Virat Kohli And Steve Smith To Joe Root Or Kane Williamson
Joe Root amassed 426 runs in four innings at an average of 106.50 including two centuries with a high score of 228 in Sri Lanka and with this 218 against India, he now has 3 back to back tons.
“You cannot compare Virat Kohli and Steve Smith to Joe Root or Kane Williamson because of the conditions. But then, look what he (Root) has done in the sub-continent. Imagine if Virat Kohli would have gone to England and New Zealand and got these kind of runs. It is unbelievable, especially on these turning tracks.
“He has 600 runs in three Test matches, that too in the subcontinent, where the ball starts spinning from day one. We should not forget what he has done in Sri Lanka. The conditions have changed from day to Day 2 but he has looked in complete control,” Gambhir added.
Notably, England Test captain Joe Root has stated that the Indian captain Virat Kohli is the complete player among the fab four across the formats. Joe Root said that he admires the way Virat Kohli chase down the target in limited-over formats. He said that the flamboyant batsman was extraordinary with the way he built the innings to take the team across the line.
Joe Root conceded that he didn’t understand the enormity of beating India in India when he was on his first tour to the Asian country back in 2012 but he knows how daunting it was to overcome the Indian challenge.