England’s premier batsman Joe Root completed 6000 runs in Test cricket during the opening game of the series against India at Edgbaston Cricket Ground. England Captain notched up a superb half-century to see England cross the 200-run mark. He brought up the milestone through a streaky boundary off the bowling of Ravichandran to take his score to 43 runs in the innings.
Before the start of the five-match series, Root needed just 40 runs to achieve the landmark. He completed the feat in 127 innings and became fourth quickest after likes of Len Hutton, Wally Hammond, and Ken Barrington. Root has not been in the best of form but still managed to produce crucial scores for England since Ashes series played last year.
In 2017, Joe Root scored 966 runs from 11 games at an average of 50.84 with two centuries to his name. This year he has yet to reach three figures in Test cricket and would be keen to do in this five-match series against India. Root has become the quickest player to reach 6000 runs as he took 5 years and 231 days. Alastair Cook is the only other player besides Root to achieve this feat in less than six years after making his debut for England.
Four England players have managed to score 6000 runs in Test cricket and completed within 6 years after making their debut. Kevin Pietersen and Sachin Tendulkar are others who managed to accomplish this feat. Root became the third youngest player to complete 6000 runs in Test cricket. Sachin Tendulkar was only 26 years when he completed this feat while England’s Alastair Cook was 27 years when he achieved this in 2012.
Joe Root is surely going to break more records given with the pace in which he is accumulating runs for England in Test Cricket. He is been the go-to-man for England in the five-day format and will be keen to notch up hundreds on regular basis.