England defeats India in the first test match of the four match series at Chepauk, Chennai. With this win Root becomes England’s most successful test captain. Under Joe Root’s captaincy England won 26 matches out of 47 that they played.
England’s former captain, Michael Vaughn used to be on top of this list with 26 wins in 51 matches. Andrew Strauss has 24 wins in 50 matches.
With this win Root has managed his 100 percent track record of winning in Asian conditions in 6 matches. England has won 5 matches against Sri Lanka and one against India in the Asian subcontinent. At the same time they haven’t lost even one match under Root’s captaincy in Asia, so far.
Joe Root played a captain’s innings in the first inning of the match as he scored 218 runs and then in second innings a quick-fire 40 runs.
The English team supported well their captain. Jack Leach, James Anderson were on top of Indian batsmen. Jack Leach got 4 wickets while Anderson dismantled the castles of Gill, Rahane and Pant.
India’s middle order woes continue to haunt them. There are some serious issues in the batting line-up that are to be addressed before the second match.
Many have speculated that India missed a trick by not including Kuldeep Yadav in the team but Kohli later said he has no regrets.
India need to bounce back now if they want to set their date with destiny for the finals of the ICC test championship in Lords.