India vs England 2021: We Have To Continue To Keep Virat Kohli Quiet If We Aim To Win The Series, States Joe Root

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England skipper Joe Root on Tuesday said that it is important to get Virat Kohli’s wicket for his team to win the matches and credited his bowlers for the way they have bowled the Indian batsman.

Kohli has scored 124 runs from five innings at an average of 24.8 with England bowlers troubling him by bowling him outside off-stump with his issues playing the ball away from the body has cost him all of his dismissals in the series.

We have found ways to get Virat Kohli out, he is a fine player and has done tremendous things in Test cricket: Joe Root

Kohli’s nemesis James Anderson has got him twice out in the last three games while Ollie Robinson dismissed him on a couple of times and Sam Curran got the Indian skipper’s wicket at Lord’s.

Root hailed his bowlers for keeping Kohli quiet and he feels if they want to win the series then they will have to repeat the same performance against India’s best batsman.

“The credit needs to go to our bowling attack, Virat is a world-class player hence the credit needs to be given to the bowling group. We have been able to keep him quiet, it is an extremely good effort from our bowling group and it is something we have to continue if we have to win this series. We have found ways to get him out, he is a fine player and has done tremendous things in Test cricket, we will have to look at ways to get the best players out,” Root mentioned in a virtual press conference on Tuesday.

Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, India vs England 2021 Headingley
England vs India, 2021, Headingley. (Photo: Twitter)

“Absolutely, world-class side like India led by Virat Kohli, I expect nothing less than a response. We would be naive to think otherwise, it is important that we do not get to deluded. We have gotten to the level playing field, we have to work harder now. If we find ourselves ahead of the game at any stage, we have to consolidate,” he added.

We have worked extremely hard to make the series 1-1: Joe Root

England bounced back in Leeds after going through a mortifying loss in the second Test at Lord’s. The bowlers were up against India as they bowled them for a paltry score of 78 in the first innings and took a massive lead of 354 runs.

India looked to make a comeback with an absolute class performance on Day 3 with the bat but Robinson ensured that the match was in England’s favour as he picked 5/65 to bowl out India for 278 inside the first session of the fourth day at Headingley.

Root was happy with his team’s performance as they levelled the five-match series 1-1.

“I think it was a brilliant performance, nice template for us to work with really. The challenge is to replicate it and go one better. From a bowling perspective, I think we were flawless, we hit the right lengths early on and we managed to do it for long periods of time. With bat in hand, Headingley was our best outing till now and hopefully, we can go on,” Root said.

Joe Root
England skipper Joe Root bear-hugged by Jonny Bairstow after reaching his hundred. (Image Credit: Twitter)

“I think more than anything, we are very pleased with how we have sort of grown into this series. We have worked extremely hard to make the series 1-1, now is where the hard work really starts. We will look to go again and keep getting better,” he added.

Root has been in a completely different form with the bat as he leads the scoring charts with 507 runs with a staggering average of 126.75 in the three games with as many centuries.

“My decision making probably, till now, it has been really good. I have managed the innings really well through the course of this series and this will be the challenge at the Oval to start again,” Root said.

The fourth Test will be played at Kennington Oval, beginning on September 2.

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