Fans React After Joe Root Smashed A Stunning Century In Edgbaston

Another Test match and another century from Joe Root. And this time it’s in the all-important fifth Test of the Pataudi Trophy against India that has helped England win the Edgbaston Test and level the series, avoiding his team the ignominy of losing a home series.

Rarely has any English batsman – or for that matter, any other batsman ever – had had a more surreal purple patch than the one Root is currently in.

Joe Root Smashed His 28th Test Ton

On Tuesday, Root notched up his 28th Test century – and 11th since the start of 2021 – to help England over the line, quite comfortably, in a big run chase of 378. England had been given an electric with a century-opening stand between Alex Lees and Zak Crawley inside 20 overs but they lost three quick wickets bringing their two most in-form batsmen, Root and Bairstow, at the crease.

Joe Root
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The game seem hung in balance at that point. But both the batters were quick to slowly tilt the pendulum England’s way. This was not a slam and bang from the pair – but everything was calm and calculated. Indians kept fielders in the deep in fear of the boundaries and gave away the singles too easily.

Root, in particular, once again showcased his proactive game: at the time of bringing up his century, more than half of his runs had come behind square on both sides, having played his trademark late dab shots and paddles and sweeps to perfection.

It was so fitting as he brought up his ton with a delicate, late dab into the pitch and it bounced over the fist slip and raced away for a boundary.

“A batting God!” said the England Cricket Twitter handle on Joe Root bringing up his 28th Test ton – going past Virat Kohli and Steve Smith; well the competition between the Fab 4 seems to be currently on Root’s side: since the start of 2021, Root has raised 11 centuries, and has scored at an average of 60; Kohli, Williamson, Smith have combined managed just two hundreds in this period and none of them is close to Root’s tally of runs and average.

Twitter was ablaze as Root continued on his dream form with another century:

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Jatin Khandelwal

Hi, I am Jatin Khandelwal. Cricket writing came accidentally for me with an undergrad engineering degree. With opportunities first as a freelancer and then full-time, and experience with time, I have grown in the role. The Cricket Lounge is a place where I can thrive with the best of my abilities.

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