England’s top-order batsman Joe Root is expected to bat in the final innings against India despite sustaining a finger injury while fielding on the third day of the second Test in Visakhapatnam. Root injured his finger while attempting a catch to dismiss Shubman Gill off Tom Hartley’s delivery. Although there were speculations about his ability to bat in the fourth innings, the latest reports indicate that the 33-year-old will be fit to bat in England‘s 399-run chase.
“His finger is not great. He took a blow in training this morning and again on the field. It’s just making sure that is as good as it can be for when he bats. Hopefully tomorrow he’ll turn up at the ground and be OK to hold a bat.”
“He was just making sure he could do everything he could to help us out in the second innings, just making sure it’s as good as possible for tomorrow. There’s a chance we will need him with the bat so it’s making sure he can hold a bat. I don’t think there’s concerns. It’s making sure he’s as good as he can be. There’s no point risking it for an external blow, no point risking it further out in the middle, so it’s making sure he’s good enough to bat.”
England fast bowler James Anderson provided insights into Root’s condition, stating that the injury occurred during training and again on the field. Despite the discomfort, Root is determined to contribute to his team’s batting effort. Anderson confirmed that the medical team did not send Root for a scan after careful examination, indicating that the injury is manageable and does not require extensive treatment.
Anderson emphasized Root’s commitment to the team’s cause, highlighting his willingness to endure discomfort to ensure his availability for batting in the crucial innings. He expressed confidence in Root’s ability to perform with the bat, considering the team’s reliance on his batting prowess.
In the ongoing Test match, India posted a total of 396 runs in their first innings, with Yashasvi Jaiswal‘s double-century being the highlight. Jasprit Bumrah‘s exceptional bowling performance, with figures of 6/45, helped India dismiss England for 253 runs. In their second innings, India scored 255 runs, with Shubman Gill’s century playing a key role. England, in their pursuit of 399 runs for victory, had a promising start with Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett forming a 50-run opening partnership.
Root’s ability to bat despite his injury showcases his resilience and determination to contribute to his team’s success. His participation in the crucial innings will be crucial for England’s chances of staging a comeback in the Test match.
(Updated – 04 Feb 2024, 20:15 IST)