Ben Stokes defends misfiring Joe Root.

Ben Stokes defends misfiring Joe Root. Joe Root has struggled to meet his expectations in the present five-match Test series between India and England.

Joe Root, England’s leading Test batsman, has struggled for runs in the current five-match series against India. Rohit Sharma and co. lead the series 2-1 with two games remaining.

When England arrived in India, they expected Root to be one of their best batsmen. The former England captain was the leading run-scorer during their final Test series in India in 2021. However, this time, the veteran batter appeared to be a pale shell of his former self. In six innings throughout the first three Tests, Root has scored 77 runs at a poor average of 12.83, with a top score of 29.

Root has faced a lot of criticism for some of the wild shots he has taken that have resulted in his dismissals. However, skipper Ben Stokes has remained firm in the veteran batter’s corner, reminding everyone of his impressive numbers in the game’s longest format.

“Yeah, when he got out there, that was clearly a turning point. Joe Root has scored nearly 12,000 runs; I believe we can leave the decision-making and ‘why’ to Joe. “I can understand why there would be frustration because of how good a player Joe is,” Stokes told India Today.

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Root dismissed in the first innings of the third Test in Rajkot

The 33-year-old struggled to get the ball off the middle of his bat, and the edge was easily caught by Yashasvi Jaiswal at second slip. Some analysts criticized Root’s shot decision, but Stokes defended his star batter.

“Jasprit Bumrah has gotten him out a few times this tour so far. And I thought Joe was looking pretty well at the crease, and he saw it as an opportunity to put something new back on Jasprit and make him think about something,” he explained.

“Because what that stroke accomplishes for Joe is transform the field and bowlers’ perceptions of him. He got out there, and it’s not a shot you usually see Test match players take. But who am I to challenge a player with 30 Test match hundreds and nearly 12,000 Test match runs? “I think he knows what he’s doing,” Stokes said.

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