India and Bengal cricketer Manoj Tiwary took to Twitter today to share a plan for Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Washington Sundar on how they can counter in-form England skipper Joe Root. Root has been in terrific form of late, looking invincible at the crease. He scored a double-hundred in his 100th Test which was also the first Test of England’s tour of India.
Having score three 150+ scores in a row in Test cricket and playing spinners with ease, Root seems like he is back to his very best. Therefore, India will have to come up with a plan to get him out like they did with Steve Smith in Australia. It is in that regard that Manoj Tiwary has shared his plan based on his experiences as a captain of the Bengal team.
Manoj Tiwary’s ‘7/2’ field placement plan
Manoj Tiwary took to Twitter to share an image of a field placement plan he had come up with. He captioned the image, “Since JoeRoot is in red hot form wit d bat. I have chalked out a field placement plan 4 Ashwin nd Washington if it might help. Dis plan is only 4 Spinning friendly pitches. 7/2 on the On side wit No slip catcher. Zoom in d picture guys 4 detailed reasoning. (sic)”
Soon after there were a lot of suggestions and queries with regard to the plan on his Twitter handle and Tiwary answered those. He stated that a first slip was not required against Root on turning pitches because Ashwin wouldn’t need the carrom ball in such situations when the ball doesn’t straighten much.
The second Test between India and England begins on February 13 in Chennai.