Sunil Gavaskar feels England is too dependent on Joe Root
India vs England Test series is going on and India is looking better than ever before. The 2021 Virat Kohli-led team is not only giving India a tough fight but also has put England in such a position from where they will surely find it difficult to make a comeback. Yes, India lost the first match as the rain played spoilsport in Nottingham but nothing seems to deter the confidence in the Indian team. India defeated England in the second test by 151 runs at Lord’s and now is 1-0 up in the series.
India has displayed game during the second Test. Each player chipped in to create a huge score and the showstopper was the unbeaten 89-run stand between Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.
Sunil Gavaskar, the former India captain believes that team England is too dependent on Joe Root. Without his match-winning innings, England feels lost and now England is at such a position that it would need to make a superhuman effort to bounce back in the game.
Sunil Gavaskar said that the general thinking at the start of the fifth day was that England was going to match. But the pitch on the last day was not helpful. Even 180 would have been difficult on such a pitch. The same was seen during the match as the team was dismissed for 121 and lost by a big margin.
Gavaskar also said that England’s batting depends too much on Root. If Root fails to the innings together, other players let it fall apart.
This loss is like a psychological blow to England and only ‘superhuman efforts’ can save the team now. He expressed hope for the team saying that “cricket is a game of uncertainties. And things can turn around quite dramatically”. But it will be nothing short of a miracle for England in this situation.
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The third test of the series is not far away and would soon be taking place at Headingley Stadium in Leeds. Whether Gavaskar’s prediction comes true or not, we will soon get to know. Team England and India would surely be as excited and anxious as fans are.