Joe Root has broken the record set by Virat Kohli six years ago as he put England in a strong position to win the ongoing Test.
Joe Root (courtesy: Reuters)
- Root broke Kohli’s record nearly six years ago
- Kohli scored 655 runs during the 2016-17 series
- Root and Bairstow’s England on the verge of victory!
Joe Root has surpassed Virat Kohli’s record for most runs in the India vs England Test series with his knock on the fourth day of the ongoing Test at Edgbaston.
Kohli set the record during the 2016-17 series, when he scored 655 runs at an impressive average of 109.16. The Indian batsman scored two centuries and as many fifties.
Root, who has been in excellent form with the bat this year, has now surpassed the record set by Kohli almost six years ago. He currently has 671 runs in the series as of writing. He has scored three centuries and two fifties in the series at an average of 95.85.
The right-handed batsman came on the field with England in a difficult position as they lost two wickets after a 107-run opening stand between Alex Lees and Zack Crowley.
Root was also behind Lease’s demise. The collusion between the two men led to opener Mohammed Shami being run out for 56.
But since then, the 31-year-old has been immaculate as he took the fight back to India and ensured that the momentum gained by the visitors was quickly depleted. Root has put England in a good position to win the match and level the series 2-2.
At the end of the day’s play, the former England captain had scored 75 runs in 111 balls. His innings included nine fours.
Root found ample support from Jonny Bairstow, who has continued his stellar form with another half-century in the recent past. Bairstow is currently on 72 runs in 87 balls. His innings had eight fours and one six. Both men put on 150 runs for the fourth wicket as England ended the day with 259.
With seven wickets remaining, the hosts need 118 runs to win and level the series 2-2.