Former England Captain Joe Root is in the form of his life. The batter has been piling on runs since 2021 with ease. He scored a scintillating 142 off just 173 balls, helping England chase down a mammoth 378-run-target in the fifth Test at Edgbaston. He even surpassed legends like Ricky Ponting, Viv Richards and Gary Sobers to become the batsman with the most hundreds against India in Test Cricket.
Commenting on Root’s stupendous form, former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer feels that the star batter can break the record of Sachin Tendulkar of scoring most runs in the history of Test cricket.
“He can do it if he plays that long. He is only 31 years old. We all know that the career of English and Australian players isn’t long. But, if he plays another 5-6 years, I feel that he is capable of breaking the record,” Jaffer said during an interaction on ESPNcricinfo.
Root has scored 10,458 runs from 121 matches with an average of 50.76, including 28 hundreds to his name. His magnificent form has seen him rise to the top of the batsmen rankings in Test Cricket. Given the fact that England play the most no of Test matches among all Test nations, the batter has a great chance of becoming the leading run-scorer in Test cricket.
The batsman is in the form of his life since 2021, having scored 2635 runs in 47 innings with an average of 61.27. Root is 5,463 runs away from Tendulkar in Test Cricket. If the star batter continues his good form it won’t be long before he gets close to Tendulkar’s record.
Root was awarded ‘Player of the Series’ award for scoring 737 runs in the series at an average of 105.28 with 4 hundreds and 1 fifty to his name. He has also surpassed Virat Kohli, Steve Smith and Kane Williamson in the number of centuries in Test cricket.