One of the most prolific batsmen the world has ever seen, Joe Root, is once again in the news after his ton against New Zealand in the Test series opener. Root remained not out on 115, scoring his 26th Test ton. In the process, he also breached the historic mark of 10,000 test runs in international cricket, being only the second English cricketer to do so after Sir Alastair Cook. Being the 14th cricketer to cross the landmark, he is also the joint youngest cricketer to achieve the feat. After his knock, Australian legend Mark Taylor voiced his opinions on Root surpassing The God Sachin Tendulkar, who has amassed a massive 15,921 in 200 matches, in overall test runs.
Taylor believes that Root still has a few years left in him, making him a perfect candidate to steal the crown from Tendulkar. He added that if Root maintains the health and vigor he’s shown in the past two years, there’s a great chance that he will cross the 15,000-run mark until the end of his career.
Joe Root, while talking to the reporters in the post-match presentation, opined that letting go of the captaincy was a huge boost to his form. He added how it was extracting a heavy toll on his mental and physical health too.
Joe Root stepped down as the captain of the English Test Team after the team had suffered a defeat against West Indies. The Ashes preceded the loss where the Aussies defeated The English 4-0. Joe Root captained the English for a record 64 matches, securing 27 wins, again a record.
The 31-year-old right-hander played his first game for England in 2012. It took him just 10 years to reach the extremely coveted milestone. Currently, he’s ranked 4th in the ICC Test Batsmen rankings with a score of 843, behind Marnus Labuschagne(892), Steven Smith(845), and Kane Williamson(844).