IND vs ENG 1st Test: England captain Joe Root admitted that the Indian team had an edge over England on day five of the first test but he also said that he was confident that England could have removed the remaining nine batsmen of visitors on Sunday to turn the momentum of the match in their favor.
The first test was ended in a draw after day five was abandoned due to rain. India just needed 157 runs to win while England needed nine wickets but due to rain, no play was possible on Day five. India had scored 52 runs after wrapping out England in the third session on Saturday.
“At one stage it looked like we could have potentially had 40 overs & I think in that period, it felt like we would have been able to create nine chances on the surface like that”, ESPNCricinfo quoted Root as saying.
“I would be lying if I wasn’t to say that India wasn’t in the driving seat going into the final day, but we know on a wicket like that, a couple of wickets in a cluster & of course that game can turn on its head”, he added.
The England captain feels that visitors would have been under pressure to bat well on the final day of the test which could have titled the match in the host’s favor.
“With the pressures of batting on a fifth-day wicket, things could very quickly have fallen in our favor & we certainly believed that we’d have been able to create nine more chances”, said Joe Root. “If we’d have been good enough in the field & taken those then we could have been sat here one-nil up, but unfortunately the weather has won. In many ways, the weather’s robbed us all of a fantastic final day of test cricket, which is a shame”, he added. The second test match slated to begin on Thursday will be played at Lord’s Stadium in London.