The long seasons of Joe Root trials had almost written him off from the ‘Fab Four’- a designation he earned pretty early in his career. Despite the greatness of Alastair Cook, Root made his identity in the England team and, eventually, in world cricket without being overshadowed the greatness of the southpaw. Looking at his form now, Root could well retire as someone with a bigger stature than the Knighthood recipient.
Root 218 came in his 100th Test, only the 5th person in history to achieve this feat as captain, after back to back hundreds in his 98th and 99th Test. All of these knocks have come in Asia and, fair to say, have knocked out all criticisms around his conversion rate out of the park.
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Former India cricketer Pragyan Ojha vehemently supports the Indian cricket team but, as a fan of the game itself, he couldn’t stop gushing over Root’s achievements in the ongoing Test match. Root’s current form is just a reiteration of his class, something that Ojha believes is ‘permanent’.
“I have no doubt about Joe Root being one among the ‘Fab Four’. He has proven himself again. Only thing people were talking about was, in the recent past, he wasn’t converting his fifties into hundreds. But look at way he said that, boss ‘I’m the best’. That’s clear definition of class is permanent and form is temporary. 98th match, 99th match and 100th match he scored a hundred in all of them,” Ojha said on Sports Today.
“And what a way to start the season, the year. He’s like, boss I’m there. He has done enough and he will continue to do. His batting showed what he could do. He has completely dominated [over India. Till the time he was batting it didn’t look like he was going to get out.”
According to Ojha, Root was dismissed by Shahbaz Nadeem only because the batsman lost his concentration during a single delivery. Apart from that, Root looked invincible throughout his brilliant knock in the ongoing 1st Test at Chepauk.
“At times you feel, okay, he’s got that hundred but he never looked that great. But this guy was flawless. And the beauty was, for a single delivery, look at the beauty of Test cricket…with one delivery he lost that concentration he had and tried to play that shot and got out. That’s the beauty of Test cricket. I feel it’s like a life lesson. You really have to work hard, that’s why they say that Test cricket is the best. And the best of the best will make a mistake,” he added.