Ben Stokes keeps his promise with Joe Root, makes ‘a bowler’ out of him | Cricket News – Times of India

Ben Stokes keeps his promise with Joe Root, makes 'a bowler' out of him | Cricket News - Times of India

NEW DELHI: Ben Stokes had made a commitment to Joe Root to make a bowler out of him and the unconventional England captain is delighted that he has achieved the goal. It was evident in the five wickets taken by the top-order batsman in England’s remarkable victory in first Test in Hyderabad.
Joe Root, the England’s premier batsman, showcased his skills as a bowler during the first innings of the first Test against India and grabbed a a total of five wickets in the game.
His crucial wicket of KL Rahul in the second innings, coupled with his four-wicket haul in the first, played a significant role in England’s memorable triumph.
Root got the ball to turn at good pace and his straighter one also troubled the Indian batters. With Jack Leach out of second Test, Root will be expected to shoulder more responsibility in an experienced spin department. He bowled a total of 48 overs in the series opener.
“I did always say to Joe I thought he under-bowled himself as captain, and when he walked off with four-fer I did say to him, ‘see, I told ya I’d make a bowler out of ya’.
“Having someone like that out here who is not only someone to throw the ball to and change the pace of the game up – he’s bowled me lots of overs, Joe has – then having him batting at four and the runs he’s scored and how important he is to us.
“To also have the benefit of Joe’s bowling out here is obviously massive. I’m surprised he’s not actually mentioned he’s nipped above me, but I think we’re just two people who don’t really care about stuff like that,” said Stokes on the eve of the second Test.
England have brought in the evergreen James Anderson in place of Mark Wood while bringing in uncapped Shoaib Bashir for the injured Leach. Bashir arrived late in India because of visa issues and was not available for selection for the opener.
Anderson’s return on the other hand would allow England to do what Jasprit Bumrah did for India with the old ball — reverse swing. Stokes said Anderson contributes to the team even when he is not playing, like it was the case in Hyderabad.
“Bringing Jimmy’s experience, the class that he has, is great and I think it also goes under the radar how good his record in India is.
“Considering what Jimmy is going for – ‘the swing king’ and all that – it just proves how good a bowler he is. He has different skillsets that I will be able to exploit in Indian conditions.
“It’s not just picking Jimmy for the new ball, it’s the other stuff he possesses as well. It’s great that Jimmy is doing good things for the old boys out there. It’s huge credit and lots of people should look up to Jimmy considering he is where he is at 41.”
Anderson has taken 34 wickets in 13 Tests in India, averaging 29.32.
(With inputs from PTI)

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