NEW DELHI: In the ongoing Ashes series, England’s Joe Root has equaled Sachin Tendulkar’s record in Test cricket, achieving a remarkable feat. Root’s outstanding performance in the 5th Ashes Test at The Oval saw him score 91 in the second innings, bringing his total runs in the series to 412. This is the 19th time Root has exceeded 300 runs in a Test series, joining the esteemed company of Tendulkar. By accomplishing this, Root has surpassed the likes of India legend Rahul Dravid and West Indies’ Brian Lara, who have achieved this feat 18 times each in their illustrious careers. It is a testament to Root’s batting prowess and consistency.
Among other notable batters, Ricky Ponting from Australia and Alastair Cook from England have both exceeded 300 runs in a series 17 times, showcasing their exceptional batting skills. The top players with the most 300+ runs in a Test series are Joe Root (England) and Sachin Tendulkar (India) with 19 times, followed by Rahul Dravid (India) and Brian Lara (West Indies) with 18 times, and Ricky Ponting (Australia) and Alastair Cook (England) with 17 times.
Root’s contribution in the final Test has been crucial for England’s chances of victory. His quickfire 91 off just 106 balls helped set a challenging target of 384 runs for Australia on the fourth day. Additionally, Root also contributed an impressive 84 runs in their first innings.
This accomplishment further solidifies Root’s status as one of the finest batsmen in modern cricket. His ability to consistently score big runs in Test matches puts him in elite company and adds to his growing list of accomplishments.