Joe Root, the prolific English cricketer, is set to embark on a challenging journey as England tours India for a five-Test series beginning on January 25. Root has proven himself on spin-friendly Indian tracks, delivering memorable Test performances against one of the toughest oppositions in recent years. This article explores the milestones that Root can achieve during the series, highlighting his potential to etch his name in cricketing history.
Root's Path to 11,500 Runs
Root is on the verge of joining an elite group of English cricketers who have amassed over 11,500 runs in Test matches. Currently, Alastair Cook stands as the only Englishman to have achieved this feat with a staggering 12,472 runs. Root, with his current tally of 11,416 runs, needs just 84 runs to surpass this milestone and cement his name alongside Cook. As the 10th-highest run-scorer in Test cricket, Root's remarkable average of 50.29, comprising 30 centuries and 60 half-centuries, further solidifies his status as a batting maestro.
Root's Battle for Most Test Runs against India
Root's exceptional performance against India has positioned him on the cusp of rewriting the record books. He is only 30 runs away from surpassing Ricky Ponting's tally of 2,555 runs and becoming the leading run-scorer against India. With an average of 63.15 in 25 Tests against the Indian team, including nine centuries and ten half-centuries, Root has demonstrated his mastery against the formidable Indian bowling attack. Furthermore, a mere 10 runs separate him from surpassing the legendary Sachin Tendulkar's record of 2,535 runs, making him the leading run-getter in India-England Tests.
Root's Pursuit of 1,000 Test Runs in India
Joining a select group of visiting batsmen, Root has the opportunity to complete 1,000 Test runs on Indian soil, second only to Alastair Cook. With just 48 runs needed to achieve this milestone, Root aims to leave an indelible mark on Indian cricket history. The esteemed company of West Indies' Clive Lloyd (1,359), Gordon Greenidge (1,042), and Australia's Matthew Hayden (1,027) currently constitutes the exclusive group of visiting batsmen with over 1,000 Test runs in India. Root's impressive average of 50.10 in ten Tests played in the nation further bolsters his credentials.
Boundary Blitz: Root's Quest for 500 Boundaries in Away Tests
Root's remarkable strokeplay and ability to find the fence have been evident throughout his career. Currently standing at 499 boundaries in away Tests, he is on the cusp of achieving yet another significant milestone. With just one more boundary, Root will join the ranks of the esteemed club that includes India's Virat Kohli (528) and Australia's Steve Smith (507) as the only active players to have accumulated 500 boundaries in away Test matches. Among English cricketers, only Alastair Cook surpasses Root's feat, with a staggering 576 boundaries in away Tests.
The Quest for Double-Digit Centuries against India
Root's insatiable appetite for runs drives him to seek his 10th Test century against India, a feat yet to be accomplished by any other batter. Alongside Australia's Steve Smith, who also boasts nine Test centuries against India, Root has the opportunity to etch his name in cricketing history as the first player to reach double-digit centuries against the formidable Indian bowling attack. Furthermore, Root's pursuit of surpassing Ricky Ponting's record of 20 scores of 50 or more against India requires him to breach the 50-run mark twice, solidifying his dominance against one of the toughest oppositions.
As Joe Root prepares to embark on the challenging Test series against India, he carries the weight of numerous milestones on his shoulders. Root's exceptional batting prowess, coupled with his ability to thrive on spin-friendly pitches, positions him as a formidable opponent for the Indian team. The English cricketing maestro is on the verge of etching his name in the annals of cricket history, surpassing legendary cricketers and setting new records. All eyes will be on Root as he battles against the odds and strives to achieve these remarkable milestones in India Tests.