Joe Root is “far ahead” of Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, and Kane Williamson, according to an ex-BCCI selector. Root recently became the 14th player to reach 10,000 Test runs, and former selector Saba Karim believes he has surpassed the ‘Fab Four.’
Joe Root is currently the toast of the cricket world after becoming only the 14th batter in Test history to score over 10,000 runs. During a match-winning century against New Zealand at Lord’s on Sunday, he became only the second England batter after Alastair Cook to reach 10,000 Test runs. With more than a day to spare, the 31-year-old Yorkshireman’s typically composed 115 not out lifted England from 69 for four to a target of 277 and a five-wicket victory over the World Test champions.
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Saba Karim: Root’s performance has elevated him “above everyone” in the ‘Fab Four’ of modern-day cricket
These also includes Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.
“He has made significant progress. When we look at England’s batting, only Joe Root’s name keeps coming up. It means Joe Root isn’t getting any help from the other side. When it comes to India, there is always support for Virat Kohli, including KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, and Rishabh Pant, among others. That is also the case in New Zealand and Australia. Even in hostile environments such as India or Sri Lanka, Root has won England matches on his own “Karim told India News Sports in an interview.
“In the last two years, Joe Root has far outpaced the other three batters. Joe Root currently leads the league in all categories, including consistency, technique, and temperament.”
Karim was also impressed by Root’s century against New Zealand, which came in the fourth innings.
“It’s never easy to put up a lot of runs in the fourth inning. That, too, against a team with a strong bowling attack. Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, Colin de Grandhomme…New Zealand has a plethora of talented bowlers. If a player bats well in the fourth inning, it demonstrates that he is technically and mentally strong “he said.
Root’s current Test batting average is just under 50, the mark of an all-time great, and his 26 hundreds at this level are only surpassed for England by the retired Cook’s 33.