Joe Root wrote his way into record books with a terrific performance for England in the first Test against India in Chennai. Playing in his 100th Test match, the English skipper became the first batsman to score a double-hundred on his 100th Test. On a pitch with conditions that suited batters, Root was exemplary in his technique and application as the Indian bowlers had no clue on how to get him out.
He was finally dismissed for 218 runs after putting England in a very strong position. With the knock, Root has once again established himself as one of the best modern-day cricketers in Test matches and also that he is well and truly a part of the “Fab Four” – a fan-made group of four of the best cricketers in the world at present, along with Steve Smith, Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli.
Andrew Flintoff recalls banter from 2016 with Amitabh Bachchan
Back in 2016, former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff had engaged in a conversation on Twitter with Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan. Flintoff had tweeted about Indian batsman Virat Kohli after his knock of 82 against Australia in the World Cup T20 and wrote, “At this rate Virat Kohli will be as good as Joe Root one day! Not sure who England will meet in the final now.” Amitabh had replied to the tweet saying, “Root who? जड़ से उखाड़ देंगे Root ko ..!!! (sic).” Flintoff had then retorted asking, “Sorry who’s this?”
Now, after Joe Root’s double-hundred, Flintoff decided to once again restart the conversation that happened five years ago. He replied to Amitabh’s tweet saying, “With the greatest respect, this aged well.” The tweet is rapidly going viral at the moment.