IND v ENG 2016: Joe Root Not Surprised By Comparisons With Virat Kohli
England batsman Joe Root has said he is not surprised by the comparisons between him and Indian batting star Virat Kohli. Both batsmen have been the mainstays of their respective teams and fans and pundits have not missed a single chance to compare them. And the comparisons between the two are only going to increase as they keep on churning out brilliant innings in almost every game.
Root, England vice-captain, said the comparisons are inevitable at least till the time England is in India.
Fans around the world were bracing up for the batting rivalry between the two and it’s safe to say both have justified that hype. With 405 runs in three Tests compared to Root’s 299 runs, Kohli is a clear winner in the batting battle but Root has also been very impressive. England batsman hit a century in the first Test at Rajkot and followed it with two half-centuries in the next two matches.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Root said:“I think it’s always going to be there or at least for the next six months or so while we are in India.”
Root also said there is a lot to learn from Kohli on how to play on Indian wickets.
Kohli, India’s Test captain, has been in sensational form this year and is currently the leading run-scorer in the ongoing Test series.
Calling Kohli a very important part of the Indian team, Root said:”I think the way he plays is a lesson on how to play on these wickets. In this series, he’s shown a great level of responsibility because when he’s not got runs we look like we’ve been able to take a cluster of quick wickets and when we have got him out things have changed quite quickly.
“There must be a huge amount of pressure on him in that side and he must know that. To score the runs that he has done I think has been massive for them [if they are to succeed] in winning this series,” he added.
Root also rued the fact he did not capitalise on good starts in the last two Tests. After scoring 124 in Rajkot, the right-handed batsman scored 53 and 78 in the next two Tests.
“It was nice to get off to a good start in the first game but twice after I got to 50 and didn’t manage to kick on,” Root said.“That’s been the last two years in general really.
The batsman is also hoping he can contribute big in the remaining Tests. The visitors are trailing 2-0 in the series and they’ll have to win the next two matches to avoid a series loss.
“It would be nice if I did get the opportunity to get in over the next two games and go big and make a real good contribution to hopefully a good first innings score to set up a win, or chase something down and do something special out there.”
The fourth Test will start from December 8 at Wankhede stadium.
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