India vs England: Joe Root broke record, Joe Root becomes the first captain after Don Bradman in 84 years to achieve a huge feat

India vs England: Joe Root broke record, Joe Root becomes the first captain after Don Bradman in 84 years to achieve a huge feat

NEW DELHI: England skipper Joe Root on Saturday became the first man to score a double century in his career's 100th Test match. The England skipper achieved the feat during Day 2 of the opening Test of the four-match series against India at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai. 

Joe Root became the first captain after 84 years to register a hat-trick of 150-plus scores in Test cricket. The England captain became only second skipper after legendary Don Bradman to achieve the feat. Australia’s Bradman was the first captain to notch up three successive 150-plus scores in Test cricket way back in 1937.

Root reached the milestone on Day 2 of the India vs England first Test match in Chennai. What made the milestone more special was the fact that it came on Root’s 100th Test match.

Root, while batting on 196, danced down the track and launched India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin over long-on for a six to bring his double century. Root is also the first English cricketer to reach his double century with a six. 

In the process, Root also eclipsed Pakistan great Inzamam-ul-Haq's record of the highest score in the 100th Test.
Inzamam had scored 184 runs against India during the Bengaluru Test in 2005. And, the England run-machine broke the 16-year-old record in style. 

The in-form batsman, who made his Test debut in India in 2012 and played match-winning knocks of 228 and 186 in Sri Lanka, joined England greats Colin Cowdrey and Alec Stewart in scoring a century in their 100th Test match. He scored 218 runs off 377 balls, including 19 fours and 2 sixes, before being dismissed by Shahbaz Nadeem. 

Highest score in 100th Test:

Joe Root (England) 218 vs India Chennai, 2021
Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pakistan) 184 vs India Bengaluru, 2005
Gordon Greenidge (West Indies) 149 vs England St John's, 1990
Javed Miandad (Pakistan) 145 vs India Lahore, 1989
Ricky Ponting (Australia) 143* vs South Africa Sydney, 2006

Without question @root66 will end up being England’s greatest Batsman across all formats. 

The 30-year-old, who has scored over 8,000 runs at an average of over 49, is the 15th England player to have appeared in 100 Test matches. 

150+ scores in consecutive Tests

4 Kumar Sangakkara (2007)

3 Wally Hammond (1928-29)

3 Don Bradman (1937)

3 Zaheer Abbas (1982-93)

3 Mudassar Nazar (1983)

3 Tom Latham (2018-19)

3 JOE ROOT (2021) *

Indian bowlers would have hoped to strike early on day two, but both English batsmen managed to frustrate the hosts. The first session on day two saw 92 runs being scored in 29.3 overs.

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Resuming day two at 263/3, Root and Stokes saw off the first hour with ease, and run-scoring was done at a good pace. In the first sixty minutes, both England batters managed to add 40 runs.

Both Root and Stokes marched on and the first session saw them bringing up their 150 and 50 respectively. The Indians were not able to get any wickets in the first session. Stokes and Root have extended their partnership to 92 runs.

On the first day of the Test, Root had registered his century and he was also involved in a 200-run stand with opening batsman Dom Sibley.