Joe Root’s Tactical Mastery Leads England’s Charge in Fourth Test

Joe Root showcased tactical brilliance with an unbeaten century, guiding England to a dominant position in the fourth Test against India in Ranchi.

Facing a challenging situation at 47/2, Root witnessed a collapse as England stumbled to 112/5, losing key wickets including Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes early on.


Joe Root’s response was exemplary, displaying conventional strokeplay to craft his 31st Test century. This innings marked a significant turnaround for Root, who had struggled in the series, amassing only 77 runs in six innings and facing criticism for his shot selection.

In a stark contrast to his previous innings, where unconventional shots led to dismissals, Root adopted a patient approach in Ranchi, maintaining a strike rate of 44.52. Root attributed his success to playing according to the situation, executing shots tailored to the pitch conditions.

“That’s how I try and play every game really,” Root said at the end of the second day’s play. “Trying to play the conditions, the situation of the game. And it was very obvious what was needed in that situation on that surface. And thankfully, it paid off,” said Root.

Notably, Root’s innings anchored England’s innings, providing stability and resilience against the Indian bowling attack. His strategic adaptability and masterful execution underscored his importance as a cornerstone of England’s batting lineup.