Who is the first cricketer to score a double century in 100th Test?
Chennai, February 6
To date, no one has been able to score a double century in the 100th Test match of his career. Such an achievement was achieved by an England cricketer, also against India. Who is the first cricketer to score a double century in 100th Test? The answer is Joe Root.
England captain Joe Root scored a double century here on Saturday, the second day of the first Test of a four-match series against India. At the same time, he became the first player to do this feat in his 100th Test.
The 30-year-old batsman hit a brilliant six off the long on of off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in the second session of the day. Completed his double century with the help of this six.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) tweeted after his arrival, “Joe Root became the first batsman in the history of Test cricket to score a double century in the 100th match. England captain’s best innings.”
Earlier, the record for most runs in the 100th Test was held by former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq. The former veteran had scored 184 against India in Bengaluru in 2005.
Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem ended the marathon innings of 218 runs in 377 balls by Root.
Fifth double century
This is the fifth double century of Root’s career. At the same time, he matched the likes of compatriot Alastair Cook, Graeme Smith of South Africa and Rahul Dravid of India, whose names have the same double centuries.
Root, playing the 20th century of his career, became the ninth batsman to score a century in the 100th Test.
01 Joe Root becomes the first batsman to hit a double century in the 100th Test.
05 This is Root’s fifth double century of his Test career. Hammond (7) has the most double centuries from England, followed by Root and Cook (five each). This is Root’s third double century as captain.
2010 The visiting batsman hits a double century in a Test in India this year. Brendon McCullum had scored 225 runs in the Hyderabad Test. The only Root could do that after that.
8,467 Root’s Test run. Root is the third-highest run-scorer in Test cricket from England. He is behind Alec Stuart (8463). Cook (12472) has scored the most Test runs for England.
644 Root has scored 644 runs in the last three Tests. Only Hammond (779) and Graham Gooch (763) have done so before Root (in three consecutive Tests) for England.
218 Root runs. This was the highest performance by a visiting batsman on Chepauk. In 1986, Dean Jones scored 210 runs. For the first time in 20 years, the visiting batsman has scored a double century on this ground.
The perfect gift for Root’s ‘special test’ would be a victory: Stokes
England vice-captain Ben Stokes has called Joe Root one of the best motivational captains in the world. The real gift of Root’s 100th Test will be the victory in the first Test against India.
It was Stokes who gave Root his 100th Test cap.
“I will do my best to win the next five days Batting, Bowling and fielding. We are all desperate to win the first Test. It will be very special for Joe,” he said.
Root made it memorable by scoring a century in his 100th Test.
Stokes wrote in his column in ‘The Guardian’, “It was special to give Captain Joe Root the cap of the 100th Test before the match. These are special moments that stay with you throughout your career.”
“He is a great player for the people, one of the best batsmen in the world and also an inspiring captain,” he said.
“But for some, he is a generous and thoughtful man and Sheffield is a humble man who is good at cricket,” he said.
Stokes also recounted how Root sided with him during the worst period of his career after a scuffle outside a nightclub in Bristol.
“There can be no better example of what kind of person he is. He supported me a lot during my difficult times. He was not my captain at the time but my friend. He will always be respected in my eyes,” he said.