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IND vs ENG: Joe Root, the ‘new king’ of Test cricket, leads Fab-4, leaves Steve Smith and Virat Kohli behind

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Root scored the 28th Test century of his career. He has become at the forefront of the Fab-4 players in terms of scoring centuries in Tests. Steve Smith and Virat Kohli are jointly in second place.
In the Edgbaston Test, Joe Root once again proved that he is the new king of Test cricket. In the match, he faced Virat Kohli, who is included in the Fab-4 (four top batsmen in the world). It looked like Kohli would give a tough fight to the in-form Root, but it didn’t happen. Virat could only score 31 runs in both innings. At the same time, Root gave England victory by scoring a century in the second innings.

Root scored the 28th Test century of his career. He has become at the forefront of the Fab-4 players in terms of scoring centuries in Tests. Steve Smith and Virat Kohli are jointly in second place. Both have 27-27 centuries in their account. Virat had scored his last century on 22 November 2019 against Bangladesh. At the same time, Smith scored the last century against India on January 7, 2021. Kane Williamson’s last century came against Pakistan on 3 January 2021. He has 24 centuries in Tests.

Talking about the last 19 months, Root has scored 11 centuries in Tests. In this respect, he is far ahead of Kohli, Smith and Williamson. At the beginning of 2021, Virat had 27 centuries, Steve Smith 26, Williamson 24 and Joe Root had 17 centuries. During this, Root scored 11 while Smith and Williamson scored one century each. At the same time, Kohli remained laggy in terms of centuries. Not a single century came off his bat.
If we look at the overall records of Kohli, Smith, Williamson and Root, then Root is at the forefront. He has also played more Tests than all three. Root has 10015 runs in 118 matches. At the same time, Kohli has scored 8074 runs in 102 matches, Smith has scored 8016 runs in 86 matches and Williamson has scored 7368 runs in 88 Tests.

Root reached the level of Amla and Clarke
Leaving behind former South African batsman Hashim Amla and former Australia captain Michael Clarke for the most centuries. He is second in terms of scoring the most centuries in Tests for England. Ahead of him is former captain Alastair Cook. Cook had scored 33 centuries in 161 Tests. Sachin Tendulkar is the batsman who has scored the most 51 Test centuries.

Root achieved a special achievement
Root has become the batsman to score the most centuries against India in Tests. He has nine centuries. In this case, he left behind former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, West Indies’ Viv Richards and Gary Sobers, Australia’s Steve Smith, who scored eight centuries each. Root has become the fourth batsman to score the most four centuries in a Test series against India. Before him, Don Bradman of Australia in 1947, Everton Weeks of West Indies in 1948, Mudassar Nazar in 1982 and Steve Smith in 2014 had scored four centuries each.

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