Joe Root gave England the desired start and accumulated the runs without playing any rash shots to race away to his 11th Test ton against India on the first day of the first Test in Rajkot. Coming in at one down, after Alastair Cook departed from the middle at 47 on the board for the visiting England side. Root picked up a double to reach the milestone in 154 balls. This is his third Test against India and first in the sub-continent. His inning was laced with nine boundaries.
Root played well to go on the backfoot to tackle the threat of the Indian spin bowling and used the sweep shot to perfect use.
Root also survived a review called for by India skipper Virat Kohli when at 92 when Umesh Yadav had the Yorkshire batsman trapped leg before. As Root tried to play the ball down the leg side, the ball hit his pad in front of middle and leg. Further assessment by ball tracker highlighted that it was the umpire’s call to make and that decision said not out. However, the ball was hitting the outside of the leg stump and gave him a huge stroke of luck.
Root has a healthy average of 118.50 against India with 711 runs from 10 innings in seven matches. This year, Root has already amassed over a thousand runs and can add many more with four matches to go.