Winning in India was a magnificent achievement, reveals England's cricket legend

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Jonathan Trott ranks 2012 India Test series win as the biggest achievement of his career

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01/30/2019

Jonathan Trott has stated that winning a Test series in India was always special and England achievement in 2012 was the greatest moment of his career. Trott, who is in India in his capacity as the coach of England Lions, also shared that he likes to be involved with the game through coaching.

England’s win in 2012 was as much down to Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen’s truckload of runs on vicious rank turners, as much as it was because of the spinners’ excellent effort and Jonathan Trott’s support act. Trott’s 143 in the fourth Test in Nagpur made sure that the MS Dhoni-led team failed to break the shackles and the draw ensured that India ended up losing the home series. 

Seven years down the line, Trott is  happily retired from cricket and after a short stint with commentary, he has taken over the role of England Lions’ coach. Depression, injury and a lot of personal problems have hampered his career in between, but his return to India has brought back the happy memories for the man from Warwickshire. 

"Winning in India was a magnificent achievement. Probably the biggest in my Test career. It feels good to have played those knocks," Trott told ToI.

While India gave him his biggest achievement, the same team was also responsible for one of the biggest heartbreaks of his cricketing career when England lost to India in the 2013 Champions Trophy at home. England went down to India at Trott’s home ground Edgbaston and he still couldn’t get over it.

"It was at my home ground and it was disappointing not to have won a major one-day tournament with the kind of talent we had in our team.”

It was back in 2007, two years before making his international debut, Trott had first toured India as a Lions player and now, 12 years on, he is coaching the side. He tried his hand as a commentator for a while, but he admitted that he felt distant from the game through commentary and that’s why decided to enter coaching arena. 

"I have been fortunate enough to have played under a lot of good coaches in my career. It's nice to be involved with the game and give something back to the game. I have done a bit of media with commentary but it felt a bit distant from the actual game," Trott said.

The former England No. 3 talked about the importance of the exposure tours and stated that it makes the players tougher for bigger challenges comes on their way.

"It's always good to come for a tour like this and experience playing in these conditions It prepares the guys for ODIs and Tests when they come later. It is very hot and this is winter here. So they would know what to expect when they come back to play in hotter times in, say March," he concluded.

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