The worlds number one Test batsman, Joe Root, showed why the longest format of cricket is considered to be such a great batsman. Joe Root scored 31 runs against India in the first innings of the Edgbaston Test match, but in the second innings, he did not let the bowlers of Team India dominate him and scored a century. While this was the 28th century of Joe Roots cricket career, it was his 9th Test century against India.
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Joe Root, facing 136 balls in this match, completed his century with the help of 14 fours. He completed this century by hitting a brilliant four off the ball of Indian fast bowler Siraj.
Joe Root scored the 28th century of his Test cricket career in the second innings of the Edgbaston Test match, leaving behind Virat Kohli and Steve Smith. Kohli and Steve Smith have scored 27-27 centuries in their Test cricket careers so far, but Root has now surpassed both.
Root has surpassed former South African batsman Hashim Amla and former Australia captain Michael Clarke for 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 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, and Australias 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.