“Apart from Joe Root, all the other guys want to play aggressive cricket”: Gautam Gambhir

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Gautam Gambhir says apart from Joe Root, all other guys want to play aggressive cricket. England’s cricket team is at the bottom of the points table of the World Cup 2023.


Following their defeat against India, England finds itself at the bottom of the Cricket World Cup 2023 points table. The defending champion, England, has had a terrible World Cup 2023 campaign so far. They have only won one of the six games in the competition. The Jos Buttler and company sit at the bottom of the table with just two points after their most recent loss to India on Sunday. India restricted England to 129, even after scoring a low score of 229. England lost to India by 100 runs. Joe Root has underperformed in the contest. Following this, the former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir said that his form has been the most “damaging thing” for the English batting lineup. Gautam Gambhir on Star Sports said that,

“If you see England’s batting lineup, apart from Joe Root, all the other guys want to play aggressive cricket. It is the form of Joe Root that has been the most damaging thing for this batting lineup because this entire batting lineup revolves around him” 

In six games, Joe Root has only scored 175 runs. Playing against India, he was out for a duck. According to Gautam Gambhir, he was the batting line-up’s anchor, and his lack of runs has left other players exposed.

“He was that anchor and glue who could bat from one end and the rest of the guys could actually play the way they wanted to. The moment Root hasn’t delivered, everyone gets exposed. Not a lot of guys have that ability to absorb the pressure of playing against the seaming and swinging balls”

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