London, January 26th (PTI) Legendary Geoffrey Boycott believes prolific English captain Joe Root has the potential and talent to outperform the great Indian Sachin Tendulkar as test cricket top scorer.
The 30-year-old Root accumulated 426 runs in four innings averaging 106.50, including two centuries, with a high score of 228 in the just-concluded 2-0 series over Sri Lanka.
Root, whose next assignment is the four-test series India starting February 5, also became the fourth highest run-getter in test cricket for England and the first captain to hit two double hundred.
“Forget getting more tests for England than David Gower, Kevin Pietersen and I. Joe Root has the potential to play 200 tests and get more runs than Sachin Tendulkar,” Boycoot wrote in a column for The Telegraph.
“Root is only 30 years old. He’s played 99 tests and has already scored 8249 runs. As long as he’s not seriously injured, there’s no reason he can’t beat Tendulkar’s record of 15,921.”
However, Boycott doesn’t want people to compare Root to stars of bygone eras and say he should only be judged with his contemporaries.
“His contemporaries Virat Kohli, Steve Smith and Kane Williamson are wonderful players who could get so many runs too. We should enjoy Root and only judge him with these guys, not big names from the past because every player is . ” a product of their environment, “he said.
The 80-year-old English batsman noted that Root was working on his stroke during the hiatus enforced by COVID, but said the right-handed will pass his biggest test on Australian soil.
“Until this tour, Joe hadn’t gotten the big scores that affect the Games. Perhaps the COVID-19 bans gave him time to take stock of his eyelashes. For too long, he seemed to have been influenced by Twenty20 cricket. He tried to to force his. ” Way back to the English T20 team, but this frenetic way of hitting is not for him, “said Boycott.
“I got a feeling that when he was playing test cricket his subconscious was telling him to try to pass almost any ball. He opened the face of the good length ball racket to show the third man and was working balls to the leg and even then he was defending a really good ball that he would start for a run. In other words, he was trying to avoid a point ball, which is impossible against top-notch test bowlers.
“Joe’s biggest test will be against the pace in Australia, but for now he’s calmed down and has a chance to do big by not hitting gung-ho style.”
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