English test skipper Joe Root, Saturday, once again showed why he is one of the best batsmen of the modern era.
In a world-class display of batting against a world-class bowling attack, Root beat the 21st Test and his first in three years at home to beat England in the Nottingham Test.
Root got into a batsman when England lost two quick wickets in the form of Rory Burns and Zak Crawley, and they were still in the backlog.
However, the English captain started fetching from where he left off in the first innings and launched a sustained counter-attack on Indian bowlers.
The moment he and all English fans waited for finally comes in the tea session after Root Shardul Thakur crashed to the ground.
This is Joe Root’s fourth Test century in this calendar year and he has now scored 10 Test tones as English captain.
Root started the year on an unpleasant note, when he defeated a double century in Galle before supporting it with another father century.
He hit another double century in Chennai to help England achieve an impressive victory.
Root’s form declined in the next 5 Tests, with England losing each of those matches.
Root’s 109 put England in a supreme order, with a lead of 174.
Here’s how Twitter responded-
Joe Root’s six Test centuries against India came in the first game of the series or the fifth
154 * Trent Bridge 2014 (1st match)
149 * The Oval 2014 (5th)
124 Rajkot 2016 (1st)
125 The Oval 2018 (5th)
218 Chennai 2021 (1st)
100 * Nottingham today (1st) #EngvInd#IndvEng
– Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) 7 August 2021
Special 💯 for root. Resend the ship #ENGvIND
– Isa Guha (@isaguha) 7 August 2021
Absolutely excellent century by Joe Root. In his first Test at Trent Bridge as a Trent Rockets player
– Tim Wigmore (@timwig) 7 August 2021
A fleeting century on a difficult field against a world-class attack by England’s best batsman of the 21st century. Well in Joe Root.
– Ben Long (@LongyWTID) 7 August 2021
This is the first time that Root has achieved 4 tons in a single year. His previous best of 3 he achieved three times from 2014-2016. Those 9 tons were accompanied by 23 50s.
– James McCaghrey (@McLovinstatto) 7 August 2021
Englishmen to make more than 4 tons of tests in a calendar year during the past decade:
Alastair Cook – 2012
Moeen Ali – 2016
Joe Root – 2021#ENGvIND
– The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) 7 August 2021
A wonderful century by Joe Root, one of his best. This is his fourth of the year, and England’s fifth (which actually says it all).
– Will Macpherson (@willis_macp) 7 August 2021
This is simply an excellent century by Joe Root. An innings of the highest class. And the celebration tells exactly what it means to him. Quality bat under intense pressure. Will it help England save or even win this Test match …? #ENGvIND
– Aatif Nawaz (@AatifNawaz) 7 August 2021
Match wins 100 by Roooot.
– Yash 🇮🇳 (@ im_yash2307) 7 August 2021
Four hundreds in a calendar year for ENG captain (tests) –
Graham Gooch in 1990
Michael Atherton in 1994
Andrew Strauss in 2009
JOE ROOT in 2021 *#ENGvIND
– Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) 7 August 2021
It’s been an incredible turnaround by Joe Root so far. Its century is complete. pic.twitter.com/Tz8ks4dder
– 𝐍I𝐍A𝐘A𝐊 ™ (@NextBiIIionairs) 7 August 2021
ROOOOOOOOOOT !!! 💯
Incredible innings of our captain @ root66!!
– England Cricket (@englandcricket) 7 August 2021
First Test hundred for Joe Root at home since September 2018!
– Wisden (@WisdenCricket) 7 August 2021
Perhaps the best I’ve seen Root play against the moving ball.
Every time he had a chance, he was on the front foot.
– Bharath Ramaraj (@ Fancricket12) 7 August 2021
What a FANTASTIC 100 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏
Beaten boyfriend – what a wonderful match it is not. Test cricket love ❤️
– Annie Chave (@AnnieChave) 7 August 2021
Man was on another level tonight 🔥 pic.twitter.com/EbxUIlcp4O
– Ryan (@ RyanIke4) 7 August 2021
– Pritam Kumar Sinha (@BihariBritish) 7 August 2021