ENG vs IND: “Bring in Bumrah straightway whenever Root comes to the crease” – Monty Panesar advises Virat Kohli

Joe Root has climbed up to the second spot in the ICC Men's Test batsmen rankings after a phenomenal run in the ongoing series against India.

Monty Panesar and Virat Kohli
Monty Panesar and Virat Kohli

Former England spinner Monty Panesar has shared a piece of advice for India skipper Virat Kohli for claiming the all-important wicket of Joe Root. The cricketer-turned-commentator stated that Kohli should bring speedster Jasprit Bumrah in attack whenever the English captain comes to the crease.

Joe Root has emerged as the top batsman of the ongoing Test series between India and England. The 30-year-old has thus far amassed a whopping 386 runs in the four innings at a staggering average of 128.66. In this, the right-hander has recorded two centuries and a half-century as well.

Monty Panesar said that the visitors must target the fifth stump line and bowl outside the off-stump against Joe Root. He further advised Virat Kohli’s men not to bowl short deliveries as the Englishman plays the pull shot really well.

“The way to get him out is to bowl at the fifth stump line and outside the off stump. His wicket was planned by Virat in the second innings and Bumrah executed it well. Virat should again make a plan against Root. Root plays the pull shot really well, so don’t bowl short pitch balls to him,” said Monty Panesar as quoted by The Times of India.

“Virat should bring in Bumrah straightway whenever Root comes to the crease. Both Bumrah and Siraj have the ability to put pressure on a batman from the word go. That’s what they did with Root in the second innings and the captain lost his wicket,” added Panesar.

“You need to frustrate Root” – Panesar

Joe Root
Joe Root

Monty Panesar went on to say that Joe Root likes to bat with a flow and hence, India need to frustrate him. He signed off while saying that changing Root’s position and game plan will help the Asian Giants getting him out early in the innings. 

“You need to frustrate Root and force him to change his position. He likes to bat with a flow. If the flow is not happening, he will change his position and game plan. That’s what India would want. That’s the way India can get Root out early,” Monty Panesar concluded.

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