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‘Best Test batter in the world right now’- Twitter swoons over Joe Root masterclass in the fifth-Test against India

England have won the 5th Test match, levelling the series 2-2.

Joe Root
Joe Root (image source: Twitter)

England won the fifth Test against India despite being behind in most of the sessions. A record run chase of 378 runs ensured that the India-England series remained levelled. One batter that has come out of this series with flying colours is Joe Root.

While chasing a huge total against India, the right-arm batter reached his 28th century and in the process become the best Test batter in the world right now. The ex-captain ended the match with 142* on 173 deliveries and won the game with a 269-run partnership with Jonny Bairstow.

India was asked to bat first by England, wherein they had a poor start to their innings. India was 98/5 on Day one when Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja came on to bat. The two southpaws made sensational centuries and took India to a massive 416/10 in the first innings. Indian bowling, having gotten the security of a good score on board, dominated the English side and bowled them out at just 284/10.

With more than a 100 runs lead, the Indian side came onto bat again in the second innings but could only muster 245 runs. England captain Ben Stokes came up with a four-wicket hall to stop the Indian scoreboard.

Root and Bairstow made light work of the run chase

This was still a very big target for the England side to chase, despite playing on a pitch that would deteriorate on the fourth and fifth day. England’s batters were at it with Alex Lees (56) and Zak Crawley (46) giving a good start to the side. It was, however, Root and Jonny Bairstow who made a world record partnership of 269* against India. This is the highest partnership for the third or lower wicket in Test cricket.

India was totally outplayed by Root and Bairstow and they could do nothing to stop that in the end. With this win, England levelled the series 2-2 and the BazBall juggernaut marches on.

Let’s look at some of the tweets in awe of Joe Root’s innings



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