India must thank Root for generosity: Sunil Gavaskar

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India have come back in style after the defeat in the second Test. They have taken a firm grip on the game and should be able to wrap it up sooner than later. They have to thank the generosity of the England skipper Joe Root, who after winning the toss asked India to bat first. In a way his decision was understandable as the Indians were shell shocked after the first two Tests, in which they just weren’t able to cope with the swinging ball. Virat Kohli was the shining exception, of course, batting superbly in both innings of the first Test.

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The Indians failed the yo yo test at Birmingham and Lord’s, where the ball swung like a yo yo, and they succumbed poking and prodding at deliveries around off-stump. The Trent Bridge Test showed a new determined India and it was evident that somebody had cracked the whip as all the batsmen played with bat close to their pads and so despite the ball swinging in overcast conditions, the openers gave a 50-plus start in both the innings.

Both Dhawan and Rahul though will be kicking themselves for getting out in the second innings after doing all the hard work. However, their efforts made it easier for Kohli and Rahane in the first innings and Kohli and Pujara in the second innings.




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