The visiting England surely surprised many of the cricket fanatics and former cricketers with a sensational performance in the massive 227-run victory over India in the first Test in Chennai. However, the home team came back strongly with a comprehensive 317-run win in the second India vs England Test match to level the four-match Test series. After the four-match Test and an exciting five-match T20I series, India and England will also lock horns in a three-match ODI series and if reports are to be believed, England’s Test skipper Joe Root is likely to miss the ODI matches.
Apart from being in an amazing form in the longest format of the game in which he has notched up hundreds in three consecutive away Tests this year, Joe Root is one of the integral members of the England ODI squad. The right-hander has scored nearly 6,000 runs in 148 ODIs at an impressive average of 50.10 which includes 33 fifties and 16 hundreds. However, in accordance with England’s strange rotation policy, Root will miss the entire white-ball leg of the India tour.
Alongwith Root, all-rounder Chris Woakes, who is yet to play a Test match this year, will also be unavailable for the India T20Is and ODIs. Both Root and Woakes were not part of the England T20I squad announced last week and thus, it is understood that the same players who are part of the T20I squad will play in the three-match ODI series as well. The five-match T20I series between India and England will be starting from March 12 in Ahmedabad while all the three ODIs will take place in Pune starting with the first ODI on March 23.
Over the years, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has become a global platform for players to showcase their talent and play alongside world-class cricketers in a pretty competitive tournament. England’s batsman Joe Root who is also part of the esteemed ‘Fab 4’ list alongside Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson and Steve Smith, also wishes to be part of an IPL franchise at some point in his career. However, surprisingly, he hasn’t thrown his name in today’s IPL Player Auction 2021 set to take place in Chennai. Root hasn’t been a part of England’s T20 setup for quite a while now but the Test captain would love to experience playing in the IPL.
“At some point of my career, I am desperate to be a part of an IPL season. Hopefully, a few more beyond that as well. It is something I would love to experience, and love to be a part of,” quoted Joe Root.
“With the amount of international cricket, and Test cricket in particular this year, didn’t feel like it was the right time (to enter the IPL auction). I didn’t feel like I could throw in all my energy into it, which it deserves,” he added.
“And, I don’t think it would set me up and set English cricket up best with what’s to come. Very difficult decision. Hopefully, next year, there’s more of an opportunity to potentially be part of the IPL or at least be in the auction,” the England Test captain concluded.
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