Joe Root claims England Test captaincy took a toll on him: Felt like a bit of a zombie almost
Joe Root opened up on his decision to step down as England’s Test captain and said that the role was starting to take a toll on him. Root said that while he enjoyed the role, it was the right call to step down.
Root said he made the right call by stepping down as captain (Courtesy: Reuters)
By India Today Web Desk: Joe Root has claimed that the England Test captaincy took a toll on him and he almost felt like a zombie at times.
Root decided to step down as the England Test captain in April this year with Ben Stokes taking over from him. The 31-year-old seems to be enjoying his cricket at the moment and playing with more freedom after stepping down.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Root said that the Test captaincy started to take a toll on him and reached a point where he was spending limited time with his family.
The right-handed batter said he felt like a zombie at times when he was the captain of the England Test team.
“The captaincy was starting to take a toll on me,” said Root. “It was getting to the point where I wasn’t really present at home. The limited time I did get to spend with family, which should be enjoyed and treasured, I wasn’t able to do that. I wasn’t really there. I came to realise that that had been the case for a little while.”
“I was there but there were times when I was thinking about something I couldn’t control or something that hadn’t happened previously. You go in on yourself. We would still do what we would normally do as a family but I would not be listening. I just felt like a bit of a zombie almost.”
Root also said that his kids were also getting frustrated during the time as he wasn’t spending time with them.
“I could see it frustrating the kids because I wasn’t properly playing with them or I was talking to Carrie and I would zone out. I could start seeing it have an impact on me as a person. You want to bring your personality to the role, not bring the role to your personality. It was reversing into something slightly unhealthy,” said Root.
The 31-year-old said he loved doing the role but said stepping down from captaincy was the best call for him and the England team.
“It was a very difficult decision (stepping down) because it is such a fantastic role to get the honour to do and I loved doing it. I was also trying to make the right decision, not just for myself but most importantly for what the team required at that point,” said Root.
“I didn’t feel like I had the energy or the right outlook on things to be able to do that properly. As hard as it was to give up the captaincy, as soon as I had done it, I did feel so much better for it and have done ever since,” he added.