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Joe Root’s Unconventional Shot Choice Raises Eyebrows in England’s Test Against India…

In a surprising turn of events, England’s former captain, Joe Root, found himself caught out at 18 with an unconventional reverse scoop against Jasprit Bumrah, landing in the hands of Yashasvi Jaiswal at second slip.

The shot choice raised eyebrows, prompting David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd to argue that Root “just doesn’t need to do it.”

This dismissal, leaving England at 224-3, marked a setback for Root in what has been a challenging series. Despite a promising start in Rajkot, Root’s high score has been only 29 in five innings.

The reverse scoop, a trademark move for Root, has previously served him well, notably attempted off the first ball of day four at Headingley against Australia last summer during the Ashes.

During that Ashes attempt, Stuart Broad shared that Root had expressed his desire for the shot, stating, “if it’s in your gut, you’ve got to go for it.” However, this time, the shot didn’t pay off, and Root’s dismissal fueled discussions about its necessity.

Root’s departure disrupted England’s pursuit of 445, as they had made a strong start, reaching well over 200 for the loss of only two wickets.

Unfortunately, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Duckett followed suit, and despite Duckett’s impressive 153, the tail-enders couldn’t propel England forward.

The team ended up all out for 319, putting India in a dominant position for the remainder of the Test.

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