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Family is more important for Joe Root than IPL

By Nilabh Aole -

England's star batsman Joe Root might be featuring in the upcoming season of Indian Premier League (IPL) as he has made himself available for the auctions. He is one of the batsmen in the world in the current era and he has been contacted by several franchises IPL already. 

Talking about IPL and his newborn baby, Root said, “It’s a shame because this is a really good window. But having had a little baby, it’s a great opportunity to enjoy watching him grow up a little bit. I’m lucky to have other players in the squad who have been through it before. Stokesy has been talking me through the gruesome details of nappy changing.”

Overhanging all of this, Root also expressed his views about the rumors of him becoming England's captain in next few months. However, Alastair Cook is looking to be stepping down after a disastrous Test series in India and talking about that Root said, "A lot of people say you don’t know until you are in that position and in the field. I’ve got a lot of experience behind me now in Test cricket, and I feel that I would have something to offer. But hopefully, it won’t come to that. Cooky’s a great leader. We’ll see what happens.”

He further added, “I’ve not spoken to anyone about it. To be honest, the only stuff I know is what you guys have written. I’ve spoken to Cooky a couple of times, but it’s always been about how’s the baby doing, how are things going, do you need any help. As far as the captaincy is concerned, I’m clueless.”

On Sunday, in the first ODI between India and England Virat Kohli and Kedar Jadhav took the match away from England's hand and took everyone by surprise. The hosts were down to 63-4 but end up chasing the humungous target of 351 with 11 balls to spare. Talking about Kohli's innings, Root said, “In hindsight, if we could have slightly more individual plans for him then that could be a way to go."

Root concluded by explaining the art of soaking pressure in crunch situations. He said, “When he gets in, sometimes you have to try and put him under pressure in different ways, whether it is starving him of the strike or upsetting his rhythm. A lot of it is down to confidence and being calm. That’s something we can learn from in our batting and bowling. I’d love to sit and chat to him, but I’ve not had that opportunity yet.”

Nilabh Aole

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