Joe Root’s ‘Outrageous’ Reverse Scoop For a Six Delights Commentators, Fans Draw Parallels With Rishabh Pant

Joe Root is back for top performance – being a world class racket. He ditched the Test captain prior to the start of the ongoing series at home against New Zealand and since then has been peeling hundreds in a row.

In the second Test running at Trent Bridge, he rooted 176 of 211 including 26 fours and sixes, helping England to 539 – all in response to New Zealand’s 553-all out first-round aggregate.

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While Root played many memorable shots during his stay, none were more daring, gruesome, and incredible than the ones that only brought him from the six innings. It was a reverse scoop from Tim Southee during the 117th with the ball hovering over the slip hoop for maximum.

Watch his amazing shot below:

Michael Atherton, who was commenting when Root played that shot, called it “unbelievable.” “Unbelievable, incredible from Joe Root. He’s got Tim Southee and I’m pretty sure he’s gone all the way to a six. “I’m looking forward to getting into new areas, don’t worry about the fact that it’s a test match you’ll see something a little different from me from time to time,” he said this morning.

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Simon Dole who was also in the comment box said, “This is outrageous…and very good to watch. Tim Southey just turned around and thought ‘I don’t know what just happened’.”

Few of the fans started comparing Root’s shot with that played by Rishabh Pant against James Anderson in Ahmedabad last year. Anderson, one of the greatest bowlers to have ever played the game, was playing with the new ball when the wicket guard swept the veteran backhand guard for four over the slip hoop.

Meanwhile, the second Test came alive thanks to New Zealand collapsing to 224/7 in their second innings and having expanded their lead to just 238 innings when play ended on day four.

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