Former England captain had controversially predicted that the Indian team will go down in the recently concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy. His comments backfired after Team India clinched a historic Test series victory Down Under. The ex-cricketer had to face the wrath of Indian fans for his statements back then, and he has once again irked them with his comments on Joe Root.
England captain Joe Root performed exceptionally well both as a leader as well as a batsman during England's tour of Sri Lanka. The star played successfully capitalised on the momentum in the opening Test match against India as well and seemed comfortable against the bowling attack at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. The contest is of utmost importance for the 30-year-old, as it is the player's 100th Test match.
Root bated exceptionally well on Day 1, and he also smashed his 20th Test century. Following the batter's brilliant display against the home team, Michael Vaughan took to his Twitter account to laud the England skipper for his wonderful performance. The 46-year-old also hinted that Joe Root would have a lot more runs in his tally, along with a significantly better batting average, if he played more Test matches in the subcontinent, like several other players. Indian fans were seemingly unimpressed with the remarks made by the cricketer-turned-commentator, and they blasted him for his comments.
If #india had started playing from 1739 like you people I was wondering how many more great player's would have been discovered.— Abdul rameez (@rameez566) February 5, 2021
Anyways @englandcricket took 280 years to win worldcup that also by cheating.
Here we go, started his propaganda now. Master of propaganda.....— DR.RAXITH sringeri (@raxu25) February 5, 2021
Let’s talk about Jimmy Anderson and nice lush green pitches ! Stop crying Vaughan.. you play with what you’ve been given ..— Paras Mehta (@parascm) February 5, 2021
How many runs would other players have scored if their teams had played as many tests as England has?— Ⓜ️🅾️kgalaka (@Sea_T_F) February 5, 2021
A lot of what ifs! Cricket doesn’t work that way, what he could’ve controlled a little more was his conversion rate from 50’s to 100’s which would’ve helped.— Brett Ernst (@brett_ernst) February 5, 2021
How many 5 fors and 10 fors for subcontinental bowlers if they bowled under cloudy skies?— Parag Gujar (@theparaggujar) February 5, 2021
Ahead of the India vs England 1st Test, Joe Root had made 99 appearances for his national side. The elegant batter had scored 8,249 runs in those games with 19 centuries and 49 half-centuries at an average of 49.4. Joe Root has often been subject to criticism for failing to convert his stars. However, that was not the case in Chennai, as he slammed his 20th Test ton against a formidable Indian bowling attack.
Virat Kohli, on the other hand, has featured in 87 Test matches and has amassed 7,318 runs in the longer format. The Indian captain has scored 27 centuries and 23 fifties in red-ball cricket. Moreover, he also has an average of 53.4 when compared to Joe Root. Virat Kohli is the captain of the Indian team in all three formats, whereas Joe Root plays under Eoin Morgan in ODIs, and has been in-and-out of the England side in the shortest format.
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