Joe Root May wrote this world record in the Test series against India
By Tanushka Gain
on Sat Aug 28 2021
England Test captain Joe Root is in the form of his life. And it is proving to be a career-defining year for the right-handed batsman. This year he has scored a total of 1398 runs in such a time. When no batsman in the world has reached 750 runs.
He is working tirelessly against India in the current Test series. After scoring centuries in the first two Tests, Root went on to score another century in the third Test at Leeds. He was eventually dismissed for a total of 121 runs. But not before he put England in an almost unbeatable position.
If we look at 2021, Joe Root has scored 1398 runs in 21 innings of 11 matches at an average of 70. He has scored six centuries and one half-century at a strike rate of 58. His highest score of the year so far. 228 runs. Coming back in the current series, Root can still bat in a maximum of 5 more innings. And he has the chance to score the most Test runs in a year.
Currently, the record for the most runs in a year in Test cricket is held by Pakistan great Mohammad Yousuf, who scored 1788 runs in 2006 at an average of 99 in 19 innings. He had scored 9 centuries and 3 half-centuries at that time. .
As such, Root is only 390 runs behind Mohammad Yusuf. And looking at his form, there is no reason to believe that he cannot score the required runs in the remaining 5 innings.
Root scored his 39th century for England. And in the process also became the player to score the most international centuries for England. He surpassed Alastair Cook’s 38 centuries during his 23rd century in Tests. His 16 centuries in ODIs already holds the record for most centuries by an England batsman in ODIs.
Virat Kohli and Steve Smith have scored 27-27 centuries in Tests, while Kane Williamson has scored 24 centuries. Joe Root has 23 hundreds to his name and the fight at the top has now taken an interesting turn.