IND vs. ENG: Root completed his 28th Test century in just 136 balls against India at Edgbaston, stunned India’s defense and made a loud statement – there is no one better than him in Test cricket at the moment.
More intensity, line on chain, and you sold your partner, who was playing down the river as usual. You have just started your innings and are aiming for a target that has never been chased. Many players will succumb to such pressure. But not the former Test captain of England. which is not the way.
He came on, a match-winning century that turned the entire match upside down, took his side home, and cemented himself as an absolute legend of the game.
Root completed his 28th Test century in just 136 balls, making a rousing statement from India’s defense – there is no one better than him in Test cricket at the moment.
With this innings, Joe Root now has the most Test centuries in Fab4. Virat Kohli and Steve Smith are 27 years old and Kane Williamson is 24 years old. He also has nine hundreds against India to his name, more than any other player in the history of Test cricket.
The highlight of the match was not the way he retaliated nor the way he hit more than 15 boundaries. But, he volunteered to milk the Indian bowlers for singles and doubles. This is where England won and it was here that India lost.
The reverse sweep for a six off Shardul Thakur reminded everyone that he is known for his class, but he can also unleash his inner butler at will. And this not only makes him great in modern times, but also makes him a legend like no other.
Over the years, Root has established himself as a Test side player for England. Amidst all the loss, the fall, the change, one thing remained – running and running for the way.
He was, is and will always be calm in the chaos of this English Test team. It’s the glue that holds the lineup together, and without it, the side is in danger of losing its soul.
Earlier in the New Zealand series, Joe Root crossed the 10,000-run milestone and became the second Englishman after Sir Alastair Cook to reach there.
That’s right, he is in a league of his own. Edgbaston Test vs India was another example that proved who is in the English Test team.
After all, he was, is and will always be the quietest in the chaos for England.