August 21, 2018
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Sunil Gavaskar doesn’t credit Virat but Root for India’s performance

By Shalini Singh @Shalini_Singh15

Team India exhibits excellence at Trent Bridge

Team India’s performance in the third Test match has ended all the doubts and debates. Team India came under the radar after its disappointing show in Lord’s and received criticism from the cricketing world but in the very next match itself, they showed why they are the best in the world.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli smashed the 58th century of his career as team India registered a lead of 498 runs at the end of day three.

However, legendary Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar believes that Root’s decision to allow India to bat first played a major role in putting India into a commanding position.

Joe Root chose to field after the toss and Virat Kohli said that he wanted to bat anyways.

According to Gavaskar, if it wasn’t for Root’s decision to bowl first, the story might have been different.

Root’s decision to let India bat first made a major difference: Gavaskar

“India have made a solid comeback after facing a humiliating defeat in the second Test. They have taken a firm grip on the game and they should be able to wrap it up as soon as possible. Team India have to thank the generosity of England captain Joe Root who asked India to bat first even after winning the toss,” Gavaskar wrote in his column.

“Root’s decision was understandable as Indian batsmen were finding it difficult to cope with the swinging ball. Virat Kohli was totally an exception who batted very well in both the innings,” he added.

Gavaskar also wrote about Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul who couldn’t capitalize their innings.

“Dhawan and Rahul must be very disappointed with themselves for getting dismissed in the second innings after doing all the hard work. Their efforts helped Kohli and Rahane in the first innings and Kohli and Pujara in the second,” he wrote.

India have given England a target of 522 to chase and England were playing on 23/0 at the end of day three in the second innings.

Shalini Singh @Shalini_Singh15

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