Hyderabad, Jan 25: Veteran England batter and former skipper Joe Root, though could not contribute much with the bat, when his side was facing a tough time, at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, here against Indian spinners, but he did set a record with his batting prowess.
Anyone breaking cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar's record on Indian soil is a rare feat. More importantly, someone from outside India, toppling Tendulkar's batting record is laudable.
But Root did walk into record books on Thursday, as he surpassed Tendulkar to become the highest run-scorer in India-England Test matches during the series opener against the Rohit Sharma-led side.
Root steeped in the field needing mere 10 runs to outshine Sachin Tendulkar's record of 2,535 runs in 32 matches against England. In the 21st over, with a boundary off Axar Patel, the 33-year-old English batter surpassed Tendulkar's record, accumulating 2555 in 48 matches.
Root also inscribed his name in World Test Championship history by becoming the first batter to breach the 4000-run mark, amassing a staggering 4016 runs from 48 Tests.
In the ongoing first Test against India, Root made 29 in 60 balls with one hit to the boundary, before being sent back by Ravindra Jadeja, who got him caught at short fine leg by Jasprit Bumrah. Trying to play a sweep shot, Root top edged a Jadeja delivery, which was gladly grabbed by Bumrah. (With IANS support)