Joe Root has surpassed the record set by Virat Kohli six years ago as he has put England in a strong position to win the ongoing Test.
Joe Root (Courtesy: Reuters)
- Root has surpassed the record by Kohli almost six years ago
- Kohli had scored 655 runs during the 2016-17 series
- Root and Bairstow have England on the verge of victory
Joe Root has surpassed Virat Kohli’s record for the most runs in an India vs England Test series with his knock on Day 4 in the ongoing Test at Edgbaston.
Kohli set the record during the 2016-17 series, when he scored 655 runs with an impressive average of 109.16. The Indian batter had two hundreds and as many fifties.
Root, who has been in incredible form with the bat this year, has now surpassed the record set by Kohli almost six years ago. He currently has 671 runs as of writing in the series. He has scored three hundreds and two fifties in the series with an average of 95.85.
The right-handed batter came onto the field with England in a tough spot as they lost two wickets after an opening stand of 107 runs between Alex Lees and Zac Crawley.
Root was also behind Lees’ demise. A mix-up between both men led to the opening batter being run out for 56 runs by Mohammed Shami.
But since then, the 31-year-old has been spotless as he took the fight back to India and has ensured that the momentum gained by the visitors was quickly ended. Root has put England in a fine 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 off 111 balls. His innings consisted of nine boundaries.
Root received ample support from Jonny Bairstow, who has continued his fine form in recent times with another fifty. Bairstow is currently on 72 runs off 87 deliveries. His innings had eight fours and a six. Both men put on 150 runs for the fourth wicket as England ended the day with 259 on the board.
With seven wickets remaining, the hosts just need 118 runs to win and level the series 2-2.