Indian skipper Virat Kohli has scored 552 runs at an average of 138 with 2 centuries and 2 half-centuries in the series so far but English batting star Joe Root has said that he is still not intimidated by the Indian batting sensation.
Speaking after the third day’s play, Root said that both Murali Vijay and Kohli deserved their centuries. In reply to England’s first innings total of 400, the Indian team ended the day on 451 with Kohli unbeaten on 147 and Jayant Yadav on 30. Before that, Vijay had set the platform for the good score with a brilliant knock of 136 runs.
Root said:“Both deserved the scores they got. They played very well. Both have a good balance between defence and attack and on a wicket like this and the sort of form they were in, it is difficult to bowl to them.”
“He (Virat) is very ambitious, driven and emotional. He wears his heart on his sleeve. I can’t say that he is intimidating but it is good to play against such a player as it brings out the best in me as well,” he added.
With the Wankhede pitch tipped to assist the spinners, the visitors missed a trick by playing an extra seamer, a decision that Root rued.
He said:“In hindsight, we would have liked to play another spinner but we have to look forward and not think about things which are out of our hands. We thought there was a bit more for seamers. But the nature of this wicket and surface is different.”
He also rued the fact this team could not convert the half-chances but urged his batsmen to make up for it.
“It was quite frustrating that we couldn’t take the wickets at the back end there. It just proves that when you create those half-chances, you got to take them. Most important thing is that we look forward, look to tomorrow and we take those three early wickets when we get those opportunities. It will be silly now to look back at today and think what chances slipped through,” said Root.
“Rashid put down a very difficult catch on the follow through. I can’t blame him. It was a marginal half chance, at best. He (Kohli) played exceptionally well today. We have to just accept that,” added Root.
“When it comes to batting, we will look to put pressure back on them and be positive just like we were in the first innings. If we can do that well, then we have got a really good game on our hands,” he said.