IND vs ENG: “It’s concentration plus skill,” Gambhir applauded England skipper Joe Root

Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir applauses England’s skipper Joe Root over his magnificent double hundred against India. Joe Root started day 2 with an inning of 128 and bring to the score of 218 when Shebaz Nadeem sent him back to the pavilion.

The magnificent double Thunder of the skipper and two half-centuries of Dom Sibley and Ben Stokes guides England to a monstrous 1st inning score. The visitors finished the day with 555/8 and yet to declare their inning.

Gautam Gambhir believes that young players can learn a lot from Joe Root on how to tackle spinners and to stay calm. He also talked about how batting in Chennai and Sri Lanka’s heat is never easy.

“When you play in that kind of heat, Sri Lanka is not an easy place to get those big hundreds, Chennai is not that easy place even if we are in February right now. But it’s never easy in Chennai. Look at the concentration level that goes along with skill; People can learn a lot about how to play spin, especially from Joe Root. It isn’t only about learning to play spin from Indian batters; it’s about learning from whoever does well,” said Gambhir.

“Joie Root is a prime example, and a lot of young Indian players can see that it’s not important to be subcontinent, you need to have high-quality skills, and you can learn so much from Joe Root here,” he added.

The former Indian also praised Root for his hunger for runs, as he scored three back-to-back 150+ in as many tests.

“When people speak about him not being in the fab four or fab five, ultimately that is never the case. No individual wants to be rated like that, and they just want to contribute. Look at the hunger 286 in the first match against Sri Lanka, then 186, and now 218, it’s concentration plus skill,” added Gambhir.

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