Joe Root claims all rounder status with first ever five wicket haul in India

Joe Root became the first England captain to take five wickets in a Test match since Bob Willis in 1983 and it left him grinning from ear to ear.

Not only because it confirmed upon him genuine all rounder status for this game, but more importantly because it dragged England right back into a contest that had seemed dead and buried after the first day.

With just 112 on the board, Root’s off-spinning efforts with the ball earned him 5-8, the 3rd cheapest five wicket haul by any Englishman, as India were dismissed for just 145 and a lead of 33.

Root had come close to achieving the feat on England’s tour of South Africa when he found himself with 4-19 in Port Elizabeth and continued bowling only to end up with 4-87.

Joe Root celebrates after claiming his first wicket of the day (Credit: BCCI)

This time though the exploding pitch helped him get to the magical number, while main spinner Jack Leach finished with 4-54.

It was Leach who got things moving in the first place by dismissing Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma early on day two.

But the moment Root brought himself on to left hander Rishabh Pant, he ran through the middle of India’s batting lineup.

Pant fell to the very first ball Root bowled, edging behind to Ben Foakes, with Washington Sundar following soon after with Root yet to concede a run.

India’s batsmen found life just as tough as England’s did

“What a session that was!” said Sir Andrew Strauss once Root had trapped Jasprit Bumrah lbw to complete his collection.

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“The thing is, Joe Root bowls with good pace and the pitch is starting to explode already which makes it so difficult.

“It is unbelievable how much the ball is turning on day two.”

England unexpectedly found themselves batting in the second session of the day, and as if to ram home the point they were 0-2 after the first over from Axar Patel.



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