Twitter Reactions: Joe Root responds under pressure with a fighting ton

Twitter Reactions: Joe Root responds under pressure with a fighting ton

He remained unbeaten on 113 as England posted 322 runs after opting to bat first.

England v India - 2nd ODI: Royal London One-Day Series
Joe Root. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

England’s main man has finally delivered. Many questioned his ability to play in the shorter formats and Joe Root has responded with a classy knock when his team needed in the most. His 12th ODI ton has propelled the hosts to a formidable total of 322 runs at Lord’s. However, Twitter also showered praise on him for responding under pressure and also congratulated him for reaching the three-figure mark.

He came in to bat at number 3 today after Jonny Bairstow was castled by Kuldeep Yadav, their nemesis on this tour. The fears of yet another collapse started doing rounds after Jason Roy was also sent back by the same bowler. But, England’s Test captain remained calm and concentrated on rotating the strike. he got an able partner in the skipper Eoin Morgan as they stitched a partnership of 103 runs and brought the innings back on track.

Class is permanent

While Morgan played aggressively, the stylish right-hander brought his technique to the fore. He unfurled the delightful cover drive and backfoot punches to leave the opposition baffled. The most satisfying aspect about his knock was the way he approached the spinners. His foot movement was apt and the selection of shots was also perfect which kept the Indians on the tenterhooks throughout the innings.

The hosts lost the wickets in a heap in the middle overs again and at one stage, were left with only playing out their 50 overs. But the 27-year-old never gave up and kept one end going. Eventually, Root brought up his 12th century in the ODIs in the 48th over as the crowd erupted ‘Roooot’.

He remained unbeaten until the end and made sure his team posted a daunting total of 322 runs on the board. David Willey supported him well at the death by scoring 50 off just 31 deliveries. Root scored 113 runs and decorated his innings with 8 classy fours and a solitary. The hard work has finally paid off for England’s best batsman and it remains to be seen if he ends up on the winning side.

Here’s how Twitter hailed him: