Joe Root Surpasses Sachin Tendulkar To Claim Massive Test Feat Despite England Collapse Against India

Joe Root in action for England cricket team© AFP

Joe Root surpassed Sachin Tendulkar to claim a huge feat despite England’s batting collapse on Day 1 of the first Test match between England and India on Thursday. While the veteran England batter could manage to score just 29 in 60 balls, he became the highest run-scorer in India-England Test matches as he went past Sachin’s tally. Root currently has 2553 runs in 26 matches while Sachin scored 2535 in 32 matches against England. Root also claimed another major record as he became the first batter ever to score 4000 runs in World Test Championship (WTC) encounters.

India were comfortably placed at 119 for one at stumps after bowling out England for 246 on the opening day of the first Test on Thursday.

Young opener Yashasvi Jaiswal was batting on a 70-ball 76 while Shubman Gill was unbeaten on 14 at the end of the day’s play, as India trailed by 127 runs after losing skipper Rohit Sharma (24).

England captain Ben Stokes won the toss and opted to bat first.

The visitors were off to a decant start with openers Zak Crawley (20) and Ben Duckett (35) adding 55 runs at a fairly good pace before Ravichandran Ashwin gave India their first breakthrough by having Duckett trapped in front of the wicket.

Stokes top-scored with 70 off 88 balls and was the last English wicket to fall, bowled by Jasprit Bumrah (28).

Jonny Bairstow contributed 37 off 58 balls before he was done in by a beautiful delivery from Axar Patel (2/33).

Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja and Ashwin bagged three wickets apiece while there were two each for Axar and Bumrah.

(With PTI inputs)

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