England cricket team captain Joe Root has overtaken elites of the game, the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Sunil Gavaskar to create a new record.
England cricket team skipper Joe Root has overtaken the likes of Ricky Ponting, Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar to score the most Test runs in a calendar year.
Joe Root has now scored overs 1600 runs in Test cricket in 2021. He achieved the feat during the 3rd Day’s play of the 2nd Ashes Test match. Root scored 62 runs in England’s first inning of the match, which was enough for him to take him to 1606 runs in the year so far, and he has still more opportunities to add more runs to it.
Joe Root is such a joy to watch. Looks easy on the eyes but scores some tough runs. One of the the best players of spin, and currently the best among usual suspects in Kohli, Smith and Williamson. What a year he's having, single-handedly carrying the English batting. #Ashes pic.twitter.com/29WUQxAGS7— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) December 18, 2021
Joe Root has been an irreplaceable cricketer for the England cricket team. The Yorkshire man has been one of the top performer for the team in all formats of the game.
Root’s achievement means that it is only after 13 years that a cricketer has scored more than 1600 runs in the Test cricket, the last being South Africa’s Greame Smith. Root had an outstanding year for the English team, and not only just he scored 1600 runs, he hit 6 centuries and that also includes double centuries and a highest score of 228 runs.
Root is now only behind former Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Yousuf, West Indies’ legend Viv Richards and Greame Smith, who have scored 1788, 1710 and 1656 runs in 2006, 1996 and 2008 respectively.
Root got off to a great start in The Ashes 2021-2022 series against Australia. Even though his team lost the first match, Root scored 89 runs in the 2nd inning. He continued his form in the 2nd match and scored 62 runs in the first inning.
Joe Root Test career
The 30-year-old made his Test cricket debut in 2012 against India and scored 73 runs in the first inning and remained not out in the 2nd inning for 20 runs. That was the only match he played that year. He went on to complete his first century in 2013 against New Zealand. He has so far played 111 Test matches, including the 2nd Ashes Test, and has scored 9429 runs with an average of 50.15.