England captain Joe Root has continued his spectacular form with the bat in the longest format as he smashed a fabulous century against India in the ongoing first Test of the four-match series at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Before this series, Root had scored back-to-back two hundreds in the recently concluded two-match series against Sri Lanka. The right-handed batsman had slammed a double ton in the first Test followed by 186 in the final game.
Coming back to the ongoing Test against India, Root completed his ton in the 78th over on Day 1 when he ran a single behind square off Washington Sundar. He also achieved a phenomenal feat of scoring a triple-figure mark in the 100th match. Root has now become only the 9th batsman and third English cricketer to hit a century in the 100th Test.
Century in 100th Match in Test cricket:
- MC Cowdrey – 104 (England v Australia), 1968
- Javed Miandad – 145 (Pakistan v India), 1989
- CG Greenidge – 149 (West Indies v England), 1990
- AJ Stewart – 105 (England v West Indies), 2000
- Inzamam-ul-Haq – 184 (Pakistan v India), 2005
- RT Ponting – 120 (Australia v South Africa), 2006
- RT Ponting – 143 (Australia v South Africa), 2006
- GC Smith – 131 (South Africa v England), 2012
- HM Amla – 134 (South Africa v Sri Lanka), 2017
- Joe Root – 103* (England v India), 2021
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Typical exceptional batsman’s hundred. Made with plenty left in the tank. 👏👏👏#JoeRoot
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) February 5, 2021
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) February 5, 2021
@root66 what a player!!!!!!! 💯
— Ian Bell (@Ian_Bell) February 5, 2021
— OptaJim (@OptaJim) February 5, 2021
We are watching greatness. What a cricketer.
— Elizabeth Ammon (@legsidelizzy) February 5, 2021
💯 for Root in his 100th Test. Played skip 🧹 #INDvENG
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) February 5, 2021
You are something else, @root66 🙌
1⃣0⃣0⃣ in his 1⃣0⃣0⃣th Test!
Let us hear you! ROOOOOOT!
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) February 5, 2021
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) February 5, 2021
A hundred in his 100th Test for Joe Root 👏
— ICC (@ICC) February 5, 2021
— Rob Johnston (@RobJ_Cricket) February 5, 2021
A century in a 100th test for @root66. He has been magnificent. Love how he has targetted bowlers.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 5, 2021
— Yorkshire CCC (@YorkshireCCC) February 5, 2021
Conventional when it comes to his defence. Classy when he plays cover drive & punches. Unorthodox when he plays switch hit.Decisive when he plays spin. Extremely confident while playing sweep, reverse sweep.Not an average Joe but he’s an exceptional Joe
Joe Root: what a player!
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) February 5, 2021
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) February 5, 2021
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) February 5, 2021
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) February 5, 2021
3 in a row. I know it's a strong statement but… I really think he might be the new Ravi Bopara.
— George Dobell (@GeorgeDobell1) February 5, 2021
Spectacular from Root. Hasn't put a step wrong. Sets up the series brilliantly. #IndvEng
— cricBC (@cricBC) February 5, 2021
Bosh! What an achievement for @root66 scoring a century in his 100th test match, and doing so in some style. A sublime innings. Well played. 💯💯👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) February 5, 2021