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Joe Root has high praises for Indian skipper Virat Kohli

Joe Root wants to score big runs in the next two matches for England
Joe Root wants to score big runs in the next two matches for England

England vice-captain Joe Root has credited Indian skipper Virat Kohli for his team's success in the ongoing Test series.

With scores of 40, 49*, 167, 81, 62 and 6*, Kohli has been the mainstay of the Indian batting department along with Cheteshwar Pujara as the duo rescued the team almost on every occasion when they lost wickets early.

In the first Test in Rajkot, England had a realistic chance of winning the game when they had India at 132 for six in the final innings but Kohli showed great determination and stayed unbeaten on 49 to end the game in a draw.

In the second game in Vizag, he took a step further and kept the England bowlers at bay with a century and a 81 in both the innings to help India go 1-0 up in the series and also shared vital partnerships in the third Test in Mohali with Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin to take India out of the woods and help them to a 2-0 lead in the series.

Root himself had a good series with the bat after scoring a century and two more fifties but with rest of the batting not responding much, England always looked struggling.

The 25-year-old acknowledged that there will always be comparisons between him and Kohli but lavished praises on the Indian skipper for the way he has himself carried throughout the series.

"I think it's always going to be there or at least for the next six months or so while we are in India," Root told Sky Sports.

"But I think the way he plays is a lesson on how to play on these wickets.

"In this series, he's shown a great level of responsibility because when he's not got runs we look like we've been able to take a cluster of quick wickets and when we have got him out things have changed quite quickly.

"There must be a huge amount of pressure on him in that side and he must know that. To score the runs that he has done I think has been massive for them [if they are to succeed] in winning this series."

Root also lamented on his inability to convert his fifties into a bigger one in the last two matches and is hoping to make his performance count in the remaining two matches.

"It was nice to get off to a good start in the first game but twice after I got to 50 and didn't manage to kick on," Root said.

"That's been the last two years in general really.

"It would be nice if I did get the opportunity to get in over the next two games and go big and make a real good contribution to hopefully a good first innings score to set up a win, or chase something down and do something special out there."

The fourth Test between England and India is scheduled to be played at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai between 8th and 12th December.

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