IND vs ENG 2018, 2nd ODI: You Need To Be Ruthless Against A Team Like India: Joe Root
England team-management would have been utterly happy when they left Lord’s on Saturday not only because they managed to level the series with a thumping win but also because Joe Root, one of their batting mainstays bounced back in form in style.
Root was having some forgettable outings against India. In the T20I series, he managed just 9 in the first two games before being dropped for the third. The poor form continued in the first ODI too as he could manage only 3. However, the England Test skipper decided to showcase his class when his team needed him the most.
England needed to win the second ODI at any cost to keep the series alive and Root took the onus on him to guide the team to a formidable total. On a tough Lord’s track, the right-handed batsman struck a brilliant fighting century to help England post a daunting 322 for 7 in the allotted 50 overs. He scored 113 off 116 balls with the help of 8 fours and a six. The ton was his 12th in ODIs and it helped him go level with Marcus Trescothick as the scorer of most ODI centuries for England.
In reply, India rarely looked in contention to chase down the total. They lost wickets at regular intervals and were eventually all out for 236.
The win, meanwhile, ensured that England would not lose their number one ranking in ODIs at least after this series.
Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Root said he was feeling good despite the low returns on the field before expressing his delight over things coming off nicely at Lord’s.
“I’ve always felt good this summer in practice, have done the right things and tried not to over-confuse things. Thankfully, it came off well today. (On England’s problem of plenty forcing him into a hole) It’s a good problem to have, isn’t it? The way we have played is excellent over the last few years and it’s nice to contribute,” he said.
“Important thing is that we are playing well and guys in front of me are doing well. It’s been fabulous to be a part of this time. Throughout this game, we set it up nicely, David at the end and Morgan, also the start we got. We bowled well, even if we got the better of the conditions but it was outstanding. We were ruthless and that’s what you need to be against a team like India. You’ve seen that we learnt from our mistakes in the T20I series and we’ve done that today as well. He (Kuldeep) did take wickets but we tried to ensure that he didn’t just bowl at us. Tried to rotate strike. It’s important in ODI cricket to stay on top and see that no one bowler is allowed to dominate in his 10 overs,” he added.
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