Chennai (IANS) Whenever England captain Joe Root scored a century in a Test match against India, Team India was denied victory in that match. Root scored a 218-run century in the first match of the ongoing four-match Test series against India and England won the first Test by 227 runs on Tuesday. Root has scored five centuries against India so far. The series premiered in July 2014 in Nortingham. Root then scored an unbeaten 154 innings. However, this match was involuntary.
Subsequently, in the same series at the Oval in London in August 2014, Root played an unbeaten 149 and was instrumental in giving England an innings and 244-run victory. Root scored his third century (124) against India at Rajkot in November 2016 and the match was a draw. His other century innings came in September 2018 when he beat India by 118 runs in a Test match at the Oval in London.
Root scored 218 in the first match of the four-match Test series as England won the first Test by 227 runs on Tuesday. He scored his fifth double century in the first Test against India. The first Test was the 100th Test of Root’s career and he became the first cricketer to score a double century in his 100th Test match. United became the second batsman in England to score the most double centuries in the Root Test. Former captain Alastair Cook also has five double centuries to his name. At the same time, Wally Hammond has seven centuries to his name.
Root became the ninth batsman to score a century in his 100th Test. Earlier, Colin Cowdrey, Javed Miandad, Gordon Greenidge, Alec Stewart, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Ricky Ponting (centuries in both innings), Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla scored centuries in their 100th Test match. Ponting scored a century in both innings against South Africa in 2006.
Also, Root became the first cricketer to score a century in his 98th, 99th and 100th Test matches. This is the 20th century in Root’s Test career so far and the third century this year. He had earlier scored two centuries on the tour of Sri Lanka. Apart from this, he also became the third cricketer to play his first and 100th Test against the same country. Root made his Test debut against India in Nagpur in 2012. Prior to the route, Carl Hooper of the West Indies and Kapil Dev of India also played their first, 100th Test against the same country.