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Reverse sweeper Joe Root is back! England’s veteran show his class in Dharamshala

Reverse sweeper Joe Root is back! England’s veteran show his class in Dharamshala

While England's overall performance fell short, Joe Root's resurgence offered a beacon of hope for the team. His rediscovered confidence and masterful use of the reverse sweep demonstrate his ability to excel against spin bowling.

India vs England 5th Test: While England succumbed to a heavy innings defeat in the fifth Test against India, one bright spark emerged for the visitors – the return of Joe Root’s signature reverse sweep. After a series where he curbed this flamboyant shot, Root showcased his class in Dharamshala, reminding everyone of his prowess against spin bowling.

Among wickets constantly falling, Joe Root smashed 84 runs in the 2nd innings of England in Dharamshala. But even his heroics couldn’t stop India from sealing the Test series by 4-1.

Joe Root: From Tentative Start to Confident Strokeplay

Joe Root series began with a struggle to find his rhythm, caught between individual brilliance and team needs. However, with the backing of the dressing room to play his natural game, a shift was evident. He displayed improved technique, playing late and close to his body, while also punishing loose deliveries with confidence.

The Return of the Reverse Sweep

The highlight of Joe Root innings was the return of his signature reverse sweep. He executed the shot with precision on multiple occasions, fetching deliveries outside off stump and maneuvering them past fielders for boundaries. This included a delightful “reverse paddle” shot that left the fielder at slip grasping at thin air.

Control and Confidence define Joe Root innings

A remarkable 90% + control percentage during his near-century knock underlines another crucial aspect of Root’s performance – a solid defensive technique and unwavering belief in his approach. His ability to bat time and frustrate the Indian bowlers proved invaluable, even amidst a team collapse.

A Glimpse of Hope Despite Defeat

While England’s overall performance fell short, Joe Root’s resurgence offered a beacon of hope for the team. His rediscovered confidence and masterful use of the reverse sweep demonstrate his ability to excel against spin bowling. This performance will be a springboard for Root and England as they look to bounce back in future series.

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