England captain Joe Root has scored a double century in the first innings of the first match of the ongoing Test series at Chepak Stadium, Chennai, India. Root, who bowled the bowlers on the first and second day, has also become the first batsman in the world to score a double century in his 100th Test.
Not only this, he has a score of more than 150 in his third consecutive match, while also having a second double century in three matches. Joe Root, who made his debut against India in Nagpur, scored a third ball in 143 overs. After registering a six for Ashwin, he registered his name in history.
This is the 5th double century of his career, while being the third as a captain. However, this is the 10th time Root has scored more than 150 in Tests. He has reached number seven in the list of batsmen scoring the most consecutive 150 plus.
In this list, Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka is the first number who scored 150 plus four consecutive times in the year 2007. The second number is Willie Hammond (1928–29), who has a record of doing this feat 3 times. The legendary Don Bradman (1937), former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas (1982-93), Mudassar Nazar (1983), and New Zealand’s Tom Latham (2018-19) have also achieved this feat 3-3 times.
Joe Root is the second batsman after former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq to score 150+ in the 100th Test match of his career. Inzamam had scored 184 runs in his 100th Test against India in the Bangalore Test in 2005.
Under Root’s captaincy, England recently defeated Sri Lanka 2–0 in a two-match Test series. Root had scored 228 runs in the first innings of the first Test against Sri Lanka. Root had scored 186 runs in the second Test of the series.