It’s been a very tough tour and India have played very well: Joe Root
Published - Feb 1, 2017 11:07 am | Updated - Feb 1, 2017 11:49 am
England have played some good cricket during this tour. They have had the upper hand on numerous occasions but have failed to capitalize. England’s best performer on this tour, Joe Root, believes that England, at the very least deserve this T20 series win.
The Brits had to face defeat almost every single time they took the field during the tour. They have been outperformed in some matches or they have been on the wrong side of poor umpiring. Joe Root is of the same opinion, he said “It’s been a very tough tour and India have played very well but we have played some good cricket along the way and it would be nice to finish on what we feel would be a deserved win.”
When asked about the umpire’s blunder in the second game which inevitably costed England the game, the 26 year old came out in support of the Indian umpire, he said “As a player you’re going to make mistakes and as an umpire you’re going to do exactly the same. I don’t think it would be right to single him out as a person at fault for that game.”
He even insisted on having DRS for the T20s as they can come handy. He said: “Is it time now for some sort of DRS in T20 cricket? It is so important for us to get things right. It would be quite nice to see maybe even one review for either side. When the margins are so small and the smallest thing can turn a game of T20 cricket I do feel every opportunity to get the right decision should be taken.”
England players have done well on this tour, especially some of the batsmen. Joe Root did ever so well in the Test matches while Jason Roy was not at all shy in the One day Internationals. “I do think our players have made an impact, more so for the important summer ahead. They’re making sure they’re doing everything to put themselves in the right position come the Champions Trophy selection,” Root stated.
“The core of our 50-over side and T20 side is very similar, so it’s really important for us to figure out how to win as a team going into the summer,” he added.
The final T20 game will be played in Bengaluru on Wednesday and it will be a crucial game for both sides as India will look to win this one too and England will be keen on winning a limited over series for the first time in 32 years. “We’ve got an opportunity now in the final game of the series to be put under some good pressure in front of what will be an excitable and entertaining crowd. It’s great prep for major tournaments,” Root was quoted saying.