Sunil Gavaskar ‘Disappointed’ With Joe Root, India Great Trolls England With ‘Reverse Scoop’ Quip

Feb24,2024






Joe Root played a very uncharacteristic innings, which the England cricket team has been accustomed to playing in recent times. He abandoned the buzzball approach with wickets falling at the other end, and secured England's lead with a solid century on the first day of the fourth India vs England Test. On the second day, Root remained unbeaten on 122 runs and India bowled out England for 353 runs in the first innings. Former England captain Root hit 10 fours during his unbeaten innings of 274 balls.

With the overnight score at 302 for seven, Root and Ollie Robinson completed their century partnership for the eighth wicket to take England ahead.

Former Indian cricket team captain Sunil Gavaskar praised Joe Root's effort but did not shy away from trolling England's buzzball approach.

Gavaskar, commentating on the first day of the Ranchi Test, said, “Yes, great innings. It was a proper Test match innings. An old-fashioned Test match innings, you would say.”

“But I have to say, I'm a little bit disappointed. I'm a disappointed guy because I really wanted him to play a scoop shot to get his century, that reverse scoop. Get to 99, play the reverse scoop, and then play the century. , and then the crowd goes 'rooting'. Especially the box to our right (England Com box),'' Gavaskar said.

England had made a solid start on the second day, making the Indians work hard without success, but Robinson's favorite shot – the reverse sweep – off Ravindra Jadeja brought India back into the lead in the opening session.

This ended a tough 102-run partnership between Robinson and Root.

In reply, India lost the wicket of captain Rohit Sharma (2) cheaply, due to which till lunch, India's score was 34 runs for one wicket and it is 319 runs behind England. The experienced James Anderson bowled a ball off Rohit's back which, after being pitched on the perfect length, went just short of the surface and was caught by Ben Foakes who took the edge of the Indian skipper's bat.

Yashasvi Jaiswal (27 runs) was their confident player and Shubman Gill (4) was supporting him at the break.

England added 51 valuable runs to their overnight total of 302/7 as the Indian attack failed to build on the early lead. After scoring 112/5 at lunch on the first day, England's last five batsmen added 241 runs.

While Mohammed Siraj (2/78) made mistakes in his line and length, debutant Akash Deep could not add to his three-wicket haul to return with 3/38 in 19 overs.

For India, Ravindra Jadeja took all three wickets, taking 4 for 67 in 32.5 overs.

With PTI inputs

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