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Joe Root lits up the World Cup opener with reverse scoop

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Joe Root follows the trend of hitting reverse scoop shots in the One Day Internationals as well.

Joe Root’s reverse scoop

New Zealand won the toss and elect to bat in the first match of the tournament. Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan were solid in the opening. Furthermore, Jonny Bairstow opened his account through a six off Trent Boult in the very first over of the innings. However, Matt Henry removes Dawid Malan in his last over of the spell. Then comes Joe Root to bat in the middle. He hits his classic reverse scoop in the 12th ball he faces. That too against Trent Boult who is known for picking up wickets in the powerplay and with the new ball.

The commentators and viewers were surprised by the shot of Joe Root. However, the team could not cross the total of 300 as a team against New Zealand.

“Full credit to Root to adapt to what the team needs (after reverse six). You get batters who are so stubborn. I speak from experience of sitting in a dressing room where a lot of players were hesitant to make a change because they’re afraid of what they might lose,”. Ravi Shastri said during commentary.

The commentator further said that

“Literally had to push them to try something different. Because they are so used to accumulating those runs over the years. Sometimes you forget you got to evolve with the times. Because the opponent is evolving. He knows your game. He is upon you,”. Ravi Shastri added.

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