JOE ROOT SKIPS IPL TO FOCUS ON ENGLAND’S PACKED SCHEDULE THIS YEAR
Indian Premier League auction is a tournament which gets the heartbeat racing for the fans not only when the matches start but also during the auctions. This year the IPL auction is scheduled to be held on February 18 in Chennai. A total of 292 players are going to be a part of this auction including Moeen Ali, Jason Roy and Mark Wood. Out of 292 players these names are important because their fellow player and legendary cricketer has denied to take part in IPL for the third time in a row and yes, that player is Joe Root, Captain of England’s Test cricket Team.
SKIPPING IPL WAS A “VERY DIFFICULT DECISION”
Root said, “it’s a very difficult decision” but he wants to focus on the packed schedule of the national team and does not want to divide his attention playing IPL. Though he desperately wants to be a part of the league. He said, “I am desperate to be a part of an IPL season and a few more beyond” but nothing is more important for the captain more than the national team.
Joe Root has been the star player of the team. He is the sole reason that England has taken a lead over India in the ongoing test series. He created a huge score of 218 runs which led to England’s 227-run victory over India. England and India are fighting for the only spot left for the inaugural ICC World Test Championship final at Lord’s which is going to take place from June 18-22.
NATIONAL TEAM IS PRIORITY FOR ROOT
England is in the run for two more victories against India and they would be qualified for the WTC final to compete against Ne Zealand. If England wins this Test series against India they would be fighting Kiwis in their homeland and after that they are set to battle Australia in five test Ashes. After this coveted series against Australia, England would play host and welcome India for a five Test series in August.
Considering this busy schedule Joe Root “didn’t feel like it was the right time”. He wanted to play IPL with all the energy but looking at the number of test series the team would be playing, the captain decided to stay away from the league.
ENGLAND IS “IN A REALLY GOOD POSITION”
Joe also talked about the second test and said that they were “in a really good position” but they could not afford to “get ahead of them”. They know what their challenges are and have faced them in the first test too but they “played brilliant cricket and will take a lot of confidence forward into this week”.
KOLHI IS “ONE OF THE WORLD’S BEST PLAYERS”
England skipper also has strategy planned for the Indian captain, Kohli. He said that Kohli is bound to score at some point in the series and the team need to be ready for it. Kohli was the top scorer from Indian team and the score was 72 which is not impressive in comparison to Rot but knowing Kohli’s talent Root has already planned bowling strategies for him. He said, “We have to keep delivering our best balls time and again and try and build pressure on him.” Joe has no doubt about the fact that Kohli must be itching to give England taste of defeat in the second test. He admits that Kohli “is one of the world’s best players and desperate to prove appoint this week.”
PROUD OF THE TEAM
Root talked about the way his team executed the plan and also said that he was going to try and build those huge scores to help the team win. He said, “We managed to get those big first inning runs that we often talk about. I want to be delivering those big performances that will help us win this series and we have the talent to do that.”
CLARIFICATION ON STOKES AND ANDERSON
Jofra Archer would surely be missed in the team and his absence make Ben Stokes even more important for the team. Talking about Stokes Root said that he looked uncomfortable at some places in the last match but that doesn’t mean it’s going to continue. He said “The more and more he bowls he will look comfortable.” He predicted that there would be a time in the series that Stokes would be asking for the ball but for that he would have to “get into the series”. Root is excited about Stokes performance in the team and said, “It is exciting to think that there is a lot more to come from him still.”
Root clarified the Anderson debate and said that despite his great performance in the first test, he had been made a part of the playing squad in the second test because he wanted Anderson to rest and come back fresh.