Virat Kohli helping his opponent Joe Root deal with cramps became one of the opening day moments, but that act of “ sportsmanship ” won’t stop the English skipper from cashing in on his memorable hundred and a total of the first innings after to hunt in the range of 600-700 on day two. England chose to hit, finishing day one on a promising 263 for three, with Root scoring a beautiful century in his 100th Test. He struck remarkably smoothly, be it the Indian spinners or the reverse swing generated by the pacemakers.
In a virtual interaction with the media after a day of play, Root said he would be ready for more on Saturday.
“Yes, I’m ready for tomorrow … hopefully I’ll be back, a little frustrating, very kind Virat (Kohli) to help me (with cramps), good sportsmanship from him … It’s just been a long day and then after a few overs I get some liquid and cooled. “
About the surface and feeling how many runs could be scored, Root said: “We have to look and try to get as many 600-700 as we can, really try to get the most out of the first innings to make it up and that four overs try to work fast. “
“So if we can hit all day tomorrow or maybe day three, things could speed up for us pretty quickly and you never know what might happen from there …”
Root was in red-hot form against Sri Lanka in the previous series, but said the circumstances cannot be compared to India.
“.. It has been a really impressive start for us and we have to make it count and that will be the challenge for this tour, we have to beat long periods in these conditions.”
“Several challenges, I think in Sri Lanka, there was clearly a little bit more lateral moment, more spin, while here it was more to counter the bounce against the spinners initially and clearly a challenging reverse swing from the seamers.”
“So it was very different and it’s always hard to put two against each other,” he added.
When hitting 128, Root stressed the importance of continuing.
“Playing the 100th Test was special and I mean coming in in good form and I have to make sure I make money on … Over the course of my career I haven’t always had really big scores, so for me to going and doing that at the moment is very pleasant … “
“ And I keep getting myself in positions to make big hundreds and I have to keep taking them, and we’re going to win more games if I do and so hopefully I can start in person tomorrow, but mostly we have a bat tomorrow and we can take a strong position in this game. “
The England captain praised opener Dominic Sibley, who made a grim 87.
“Yes, it was a fantastic innings today … coming from Sri Lanka, some question marks about him. Against a high-quality attack and reverse swing it was impressive. It should take a lot of heart for the rest of the series too,” he added. to.
When asked if he had made any technical changes to his game lately, he said, “I’ve looked at some parts of my game and looked at certain trends of how I got out at certain points in my innings and try it. to eradicate it, try it. to improve things and to evolve as a player and at the moment it seems to be working well and then I can keep up the challenge, I can keep getting better. “
He was surprised by his teammates on Thursday evening for his 100th test.
“Yes … it was very special, last night (the guys got a) surprise for me and said videos of past players, friends and family and especially Ben (Stokes) got up and said very kind words, and then today came. and start a series for us like we have it, it couldn’t have gone better … “
“… we got a little blip in the end (Sibley is coming out), so I really hope we can build on that tomorrow and we’re excited that everything is going well,” he said.
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