Joe Root is in Awe of the Motera Stadium ahead of the 3rd Test Match!

Joe Root

England’s captain Joe Root is impressed with the “phenomenal Motera Stadium” the venue for the third test between India & England & said that the atmosphere within the stadium will be “electric” when they will take the field on Wednesday.

“It is a phenomenal stadium. I am sure you are going to see some brilliant cricket over the years at this ground. It looks fantastic, hopefully, the wicket can produce some very good cricket. I am sure the atmosphere within (the stadium) will be electric. It is also great to see fans back in the previous game. I am sure with the capacity of this ground that noise will go up and you want to be a part of big games,” Root said during a virtual press conference on Tuesday.

India had defeated England by massive 317 runs in the second test & now both the teams will face each other in the day & night test at the newly built Motera Stadium. The victory in Chennai lifted India to the second position with 69.7 percentage points on the World Test Championship Points Table but they cannot afford to lose even a single match as they need to win 2-1 or 3-1 to qualify for the finals of the WTC.

Ravichandran Ashwin had displayed an all-round performance in the second test to help India level the four match test series. The spinner had scalped eight wickets in the Test & played a knock of 106 runs in the second innings. Joe Root & Ashwin used his crease which made it difficult for Jack Leach to bowl at one length.

“He (Ashwin) is a world-class performer. I think he has been quite tricky for everyone, especially for lefties, because how good skillful he is. He is a fine performer at home and guys will have to keep working hard to try and figure out how they are going to score their runs,” he said.

“One thing that I watched how he played Leach, for example, in the previous game, scoring hundred, he used the crease to his advantage. Not just coming down to the wicket but also going deep in his crease and made it hard for Jack to bowl at one length,” Root added.


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