Joe Root, current England skipper is not only set to become England’s all-time highest run-getter in Tests but he also has the ability to break legendary Indian batsman Sachin’s Tendulkar’s world record for most runs in the longest format, feels legendary cricketer Geoffrey Boycott.
Geoffrey Boycott’s comments came after Joe Root, 30, ended his run drought by slamming two centuries including a double ton in the two-match series against Sri Lanka which England won 2-0.
Joe Root Has Potential To Play 200 Tests And Score More Runs Than Sachin Tendulkar : Geoffrey Boycott
Joe Root amassed 426 runs in four innings at an average of 106.50 including two centuries with a high score of 228. He also went on to become the fourth-highest run-getter in Test cricket for England and the first ever captain to hit two double-hundreds. Geoffrey Boycott said Joe Root has ability and can play 200 Tests like Sachin Tendulkar and break his tally of 15,921 runs.
“Forget just scoring more Test runs for England than David Gower, Kevin Pietersen and myself. Joe Root has the potential to play 200 Tests and score more runs than even Sachin Tendulkar,” Boycott wrote in a column for ‘The Telegraph’.
“Root is only 30. He has played 99 Tests and scored 8249 runs already. As long as he does not suffer serious injury there is no reason why he cannot beat Tendulkar’s all-time record of 15,921.”
Joe Root currently has 8249 runs in 181 innings at an average of 49.39. He is only behind Alastair Cook (12472), Graham Gooch (8900) and Alec Stewert (8463) in England’s all-time run-scorers’ list. The right-hander’s ploy of pushing forward and resorting to sweep shots to tackle the Sri Lankan spinners Dilruwan Perera and Wanindu Hasaranga or Ramesh Mendis was praised by the experts.
Joe Root smashed his 19th Test century, equaling the tally amassed by former England legend Leonard Hutton. Notably, this was his eighth Test century away from home and a third in Sri Lanka. Playing his 99th match, Joe Root surpassed the tally of Geoffrey Boycott (8,114) in terms of career Test runs.
Joe Root Should Be Enjoyed And Judged Alongside Guys Like Virat Kohli, Steve Smith Or Kane Williamson : Geoffrey Boycott
Geoffrey Boycott, however, doesn’t want people to compare Joe Root with stars of bygone eras, saying he should be judged only with his contemporaries like Virat Kohli, Steve Smith and Kane Williamson.
“His contemporaries, such as Virat Kohli, Steve Smith and Kane Williamson, are wonderful players as well who could also score that many runs. We should enjoy Root and only judge him alongside those guys, not great names of the past because every player is a product of their environment,” he said.
The 80-year-old legendary England batting great observed that Joe Root has worked on his batting technique during the Covid-19 enforced break but said the right-hander will face his biggest test on Australia soil.
“Until this tour Joe had not been making the big scores that influence matches. Perhaps the COVID-19 lockdowns allowed him time to take stock of his batting. For too long he appeared to be influenced by Twenty20 cricket. He was trying to force his way back into England’s T20 side, but that frenetic type of batting is not for him,” Boycott said.
“I felt that when playing Test cricket his subconscious was telling him to try to score off almost every ball. He was opening the face of the bat to good length balls trying to run it to third man, working straight balls to leg and even when he defended a really good ball he would set off for a run. In other words, he was trying to avoid a dot ball. Against top-class Test bowlers that is not possible. Joe’s biggest test will be against pace in Australia but, right now, by not batting in a gung-ho style, he has settled down and is giving himself a chance to bat big.”
Joe Root will next lead England in the four-match Test series against India, starting on February 5 in Chennai which is the venue for first 2 Tests before the series moves to Ahmedabad for last 2 Tests.