England lost the 2nd test match at Vizag by 106 runs which resulted in the series being leveled at 1-1 which has set the stage for an exciting three matches with the 3rd test starting from February 15. England found themselves in a formidable position, needing 332 runs for victory at the beginning of the fourth day.
With nine wickets in hand and a history of an attacking approach, the chase seemed not only plausible but almost expected but the aggressive 'Bazball' approach of England could not survive the dominating Indian attack.
Joe Root's poor form continues
Joe Root, England's batting maestro, has time and again proven his mettle in crucial situations. Just about 18 months ago, he played a pivotal role in a chase against the same opposition, successfully pursuing a challenging target of 378 runs. His significance in this chase was undeniable, given his past heroics. But he could not contribute much to England's cause and succumbed to his overly attacking approach scoring just 16 off 10 balls.
When Root finally made his way to the crease after the fall of the third wicket, the English fans anticipated fireworks. Root did not disappoint; his first ball, a stunning reverse sweep off Ravichandran Ashwin, raced to the boundary. The former England skipper continued his aggressive stance, accumulating 16 runs off just nine balls. However, the tenth ball proved to be his downfall as he top-edged one off Ashwin, returning to the pavilion.
Joe Root’s special career milestone
Despite the brief nature of his innings, Root achieved a significant milestone - he completed 1000 Test runs in India. This accomplishment places him in an elite group, becoming the fifth visiting batter to reach this milestone. The challenging conditions in India, particularly for players from SENA countries (South Africa, England, New Zealand, and Australia), make Root's feat all the more commendable.
Scoring runs in India has always been considered a daunting task, especially for overseas players. Root, however, has consistently defied the odds with his exceptional batting prowess over the years. His ability to adapt to subcontinental conditions has set him apart from other England players and continues to do so.