English skipper Joe Root became the first batter on Saturday to score a double hundred in his 100th Test appearance. Root came to dance across the track, raising a Ravichandran Ashwin delivery for a long time to hit this incredible milestone with a six on day two of the first test in Chennai. Root has been in sparkling shape for the past few weeks, now racking up more than 150 scores in each of the three tests he’s played this year. This was Root’s fifth double hundred of his testing career and third as a skipper. Due to his red-hot form, he scored two double hundreds in his last three tests, along with a score of 186.
He also became the second skipper after Australian batting legend Don Bradman to score 150 or more in three consecutive Test matches.
In terms of the highest individual score in the 100th Test performance, former Pakistani skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq topped the list with a score of 184 before Root passed him on Saturday.
Root on Friday had joined an elite roster of players scoring a century in its 100th Test match, becoming the third Englishman and ninth overall to reach the milestone.
Root’s exploits with the bat have put visitors in the driver’s seat after winning the toss and choosing to club on Friday.
At the end of the opening day, Root had said their goal is to score as many runs as possible in the first innings and after hitting five sessions, they certainly look on track to get the score they want.
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