Joe Root equals Virat Kohli’s massive test feat

Joe Root and hundreds go hand in hand these days. The former England captain rode through another century on Sunday – his 27th in Test cricket. Joe Root’s ton came on day three of England’s second Test against New Zealand at Trent Bridge. Joe Root has been in a rich vein of form over the past 18 months, and he continued his extraordinary run on a friendly wicket at bat in Nottinghamshire, remaining 163 not out at the end of the game. In response to the huge New Zealand’s first innings score of 553, England are now at 473/5, with Ollie Pope being the other Three Lions hero, having completed his second hundred (145 from 239 balls) in the longest format , which was also his first on the floor of the house. However, it was Joe Root who stole the show as the 31-year-old equaled India icon Virat Kohli and former Australia captain Steve Smith by the hundreds in Test cricket. The three cricketers now have 27 tons to their name.

Remarkably, Root has scored 10 cents since January 2021 while Virat Kohli and Steve Smith have none during the said period. No other active cricketer has more centuries than the famous trio.

While Virat Kohli hasn’t hit the triple digit mark since November 2019, Steve Smith hasn’t made a century since January 2021.

Joe Root stepped down as England captain ahead of the series and appears to be enjoying his newfound freedom as he unleashes his full shooting repertoire, fanning out to his ton in just 116 deliveries, the fastest of his career .

Notably, Joe Root had played a decisive 115 not knocked out in the first Test at Lord’s, leading England to a five-wicket triumph over the Kiwis.

Once again, Joe Root’s heroism at Trent Bridge has cricket fans and sports stars all over the world excited, who hailed him on his 27th cent with the former England captain. Michael Vaughan leading the applause.

“We witnessed Batting poetry today. This round of Joe Root was as good as it gets…the early days of this Test Team, but I have to say I’m quite enjoying it,” Vaughan tweeted.

On the other hand, British broadcaster Piers Morgan wanted to identify himself sexually as “Joe Root’s cover reader”.

“I would like to sexually identify as Joe Root’s cover reader,” Morgan tweeted.

Praise also came from a different range of sports for Joe Root as Premier League legend Gary Linekar dubbed him the ‘big man’.

“Another Sunday, another hundred for the brilliant Joe Root. Rooted stuff for the big man,” Linekar wrote on the microblogging platform.

“27th Test match hundred for England’s best Joe Root. His fourth hundred in five Test matches. He is the unstoppable running machine,” former England captain Nasser Hussain said in the comment box.

Fans of the cricketer should not be left out.

“There was a time, about 2/3 years ago, when I felt like Joe Root’s career was going to be statistically very strong but he still felt a bit unfulfilled, an unrealized potential. me, that danger has been what has made the last 18 months so classy. Greatness has almost eluded us,” one fan remarked.

Another commented: “Joe Root with his 27th Test hundred he is the unstoppable man right now in world cricket. I’ve just been on a different level, centuries after centuries. What a player, bow down, Root!

“Forget the Fab 4, Joe Root is in a class of his own right now at the top of Test cricket. No one is approaching him at the moment. This is Joseph Edward Root’s world, the rest of us just live in it,” added a third.

“What a player Joe Root. Mark them fast and mark them big. It’s just amazing to see a hitter in such great shape. Smith 2014-2017, Kohli 2016-2018 was very similar,” said a fourth.

“Joe Racine. 27th century. Tied on the centuries with Virat and Steve Smith. What is he doing! He’s sprinting in front of everyone,” said a fifth.

“From 2019 to 2021, Joe Root passed 13 home tests without a hundred. Since breaking the run, he has five centuries in his last six home Tests. Now has 27 in total in testing, including 10 since the start of 2021,” said a sixth.

“Another day, another 100 for Joe Root. This man is simply amazing. As disappointed as I am with bowling, I can only admire Root’s innings once again. Its 10th Test 100 since January 2021: a 71.43% conversion rate among 50+ scores (improved from 18.18% in 2018-20),” said a seventh.

“Eat, sleep, score a century in Test Matches, repeat. This is the story of Joe Root’s daily routine as he reminisces about his 27th Test Match cent. England at Stumps on Day 3 is 473/ 5 and Trail by 80 points,” said an eighth.

“Joe Root’s 18 months since January 1, 2021 are frankly ridiculous: 2,355 tries, 10 centuries (including 2 doubles), 6 in his 50s, an average of 60.4 and a climb of 22 places in the test rankings of all time – going from 7,823 to 10,178. Phenomenal,” said a ninth.

At Lord’s, Joe Root became the second Englishman to break the 10,000 shopping mark.

Many former players, including former Australia captain Mark Taylor, backed him in breaking Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar’s all-time record for most runs in Test cricket.

Root, with the help of his Sunday shot, topped 10,100 runs in white. Tendulkar, for his part, retired with 15,921 in 200 Tests.

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