Root reached the double hundred with a huge six! The first Test match between India and England is underway and things look bleak for the Indian team. England captain Joe Root went past the milestone of 200 runs. This is his fifth double hundred in Test cricket since his debut in 2012. As Eoin Morgan once said, Joe Root is the “most complete batsman” in cricket. Words of Morgan are turning out to be true. Root is taking full advantage of the batting friendly conditions at the Chepauk. Root made this double-hundred in his 100th Test match as a England player.
Joe Root reached the milestone in 341 balls. The inexperience of the spinners was visible as they were not able to mount pressure on Root and Sibley. Joe Root is an exceptional talent. He can lead his team from the front and show the way to other players, just like he did today. It was a fresh, flat, and dry pitch with an even covering of grass on it. There was nothing in it for the bowlers as the Indians managed to pick just the single wicket of Ben Stokes on Day 2.
England look in a commanding position with more than three days of cricket to be played. England’s strategy would be to put up a huge first innings score and then try to win the match by bowling India out twice. Although its early days in the Test match, this is the only likely scenario as of second session on Day 2.
Joe Root’s previous 200s were against Sri Lanka, Pakistan, New Zealand and once again against Sri Lanka last month. England reached this score of 441 after crucial inning by Dominic Sibley and Ben Stokes.