England captain Joe Root sent the Indian bowlers in search for wickets. He became the first batsman in the history of the game to score a double hundred in his 100th Test. Also, this is Root’s fifth double century, and his second in three matches.
Besides, Root also broke the record for the highest score in the 100th Test. The previous record holder was Pakistan Skipper Inzamam-Ul-Haq with his 184 against India at Bangalore in 2005, where Pakistan won the match by 168 runs. Hence, Root broke a 16-year-old record reaching his double ton with a maximum off Ravichandran Ashwin.
Before this series Root also scored a century and a double century against Sri Lanka. However, prior to it, Root was not able to get a century in as many as nine Tests. Although, he was never short of runs, he was slowly drifting out of the Fab-4, which includes the likes of Joe Root, Steve Smith, Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson. However, former English Skipper Nasser Hossain believes that his current form should speak for him to clear any such doubts.
Flurry of Records for Joe Root
Unbeaten on 128* overnight, Root added 90 more runs playing a total of 377 balls, before getting out to Shahbaz Nadeem. As England posted 578 in the first in the first innings, Root is now also the only captain, since the legendary Sir Don Bradman with three consecutive 150+ scores. His 228 at Galle helped his side post a seven wicket win in the first Test. While his 186 at the same venue in the next Test, helped England seal the series with a clean sweep.
Also, with his innings, Root has taken forward his good form in India. Previously in six Tests, Root has 584 runs at an average of nearly 60. During England’s last tour to India in 2016, Root made 491 runs from five Tests, including one century and five fifties. Also, he is now the third-highest run getter for England in Tests, only behind Alastair Cook and Graham Gooch, overtaking Alec Stewart and David Gower.