Joe Root Becomes First England Captain in 38 Years To Pick a Five-Wicket Haul in Tests

Root’s scalps included all three left-handed Indian batsmen as well as Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah. The England skipper started with a first-ball wicket and picked five on just 6.2 overs. Root removed Rishabh Pant with his first ball with the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman edging an outside off-stump delivery to Ben Foakes behind.

February 25, 2021

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Joe Root became the first England captain in 38 years to pick a five-wicket haul in Test matches after taking a staggering 5/8 against India in the first innings of the day-night Test at Ahmedabad. This was Root’s maiden five-wicket haul in first-class cricket and also his best-ever Test figures surpassing the 4/87 he took against South Africa last year at Port Elizabeth. Root is also the first England captain to pick a five-wicket haul in Asia and also the first spinner from England to take five wickets in an innings in pink-ball Test matches. India vs England 3rd Test 2021 Day 2 Live Score Updates.

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When Root trapped Jasprit Bumrah to end India’s first innings, he also became the first England captain since Bob Willis in 1983 against New Zealand to take five wickets in a Test match. Willis had picked 5/35 against New Zealand at Leeds and since then no England skipper has managed to take a five-for before Root achieved the feat against India at the Narendra Modi Stadium. From 99/3 to 145/10! India Suffer Batting Collapse As Joe Root Scalps a Five-Wicket Haul, Twitterati React.

Joe Root First England Captain in 38 Years to Pick a Five-Wicket Haul

Joe Root Becomes First England Captain in 38 Years To Pick a Five-Wicket Haul in Tests, Achieves Feat During IND vs ENG Pink-Ball Match

Root’s scalps included all three left-handed Indian batsmen as well as Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah. The England skipper started with a first-ball wicket and picked five in just 6.2 overs. Root removed Rishabh Pant with his first ball with the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman edging an outside off-stump delivery to Ben Foakes behind. Washington Sundar was then clean-bowled in the first ball of his third over and two balls later Axar Patel hit the ball straight to Dominic Sibley at short cover.

Ashwin, who had scored a century in the previous Test, looked good during 32-ball 17 runs stay before top-edging another Root delivery to Zak Crawley at deep mid-wicket. Ashwin was out trying to slog sweep. Root then completed his maiden five-for with the wicket of Bumrah.

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