In the ongoing first Test between India and England in Hyderabad, Joe Root showcased his all-round skills by delivering a stunning performance with the ball. After a relatively modest outing with the bat, where he scored 29, Root made an immediate impact with his off-spin, rattling the Indian batting lineup.
On day 2, Root opened the bowling for England and quickly made his mark by dismissing the dangerous Yashasvi Jaiswal in the very first over. Later in the day, he added another crucial wicket to his tally by dismissing the well-set KS Bharat. Despite England’s frontline spinners struggling, Root managed to shine with the ball.
Day 3 saw Joe Root continuing his impressive bowling performance. He played a pivotal role in breaking the stubborn partnership between Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja. In the 120th over, Root dismissed Jadeja, ending his brilliant knock of 87 and the 76-run partnership with Axar Patel.
Joe Root’s next delivery turned out to be a beauty as he castled Jasprit Bumrah for a duck. Bowling from around the wicket, Root delivered a sharply spinning length delivery that beat Bumrah’s forward defense on the inside edge, crashing into the middle stump.
Before India could add any more runs, Rehan Ahmed bowled Axar Patel for 44, wrapping up the Indian innings. Root finished the innings with an impressive four-wicket haul, showcasing his effectiveness as a part-time bowler. Debutant Tom Hartley also contributed with two wickets in the innings.
Root’s all-round display played a crucial role in England’s efforts to restrict India to 421 for 7 in reply to their first innings total of 246. The skipper’s ability to contribute with both bat and ball adds valuable versatility to the England side in the ongoing Test series.