Ind vs Eng 1st Test: 10 things you need to know about Joe Root: Joe Root has been in sensational form for England throughout their tours of the Indian Subcontinent. Versus Sri Lanka, he scored 228, 186 in Galle recently. And today on the first test vs India he has hit a century, which is his 100th test match.
On cue, we present 10 facts about Joe Root you may not know.
1. Early life: Joe Root was born to Helen and Matt Root in Sheffield, Yorkshire. His illustrious family had other sportspersons such as his grandfather, who captained Rotterdam in the Yorkshire league; his father, who also played for Sheffield Collegiate and his brother Billy, who is also a cricketer and plays county cricket. He attended King Ecgbert School, Sheffield and later went to Sheffield Collegiate CC, where he learnt his game. Former England captain Michael Vaughan is also an alumnus of that college.
2. ‘FEC’: Root’s team-mates at the college used to call him ‘FEC’ or ‘Future England Captain’ (a same moniker was once used for Michael Atherton). In 2004, during a local league Under-17 game for the Sheffield Collegiate side, his opposition players mistook some other players as FEC as 13-year old Root was barely five feet tall and looked no older than 10.
3. County debut: Root started playing for Yorkshire Second XI in 2007. After considerable success for the second team, Root was given an opportunity in the first team in Yorkshire’s final Pro40 match of 2009-10 season at Headingley, against Essex. With 63, he was the top-scorer in Yorkshire’s innings.
4. Under-19 World Cup 2010: Root was a part of England’s U-19 World Cup squad for the 2010 edition, where he played along with his future England team-mates Ben Stokes and Jos Butler. England had a torrid time at the tournament, where they finished eighth. Root managed 138 runs in six matches in the tournament.
5. Test debut: Root was supposed to captain England Lions in Australia in late 2012. Instead, after 36 First-Class matches and 4 centuries for Yorkshire, he received a call-up into England’s squad to tour India. In the fourth Test at Nagpur, where he wasn’t due to play as he was on an educational tour to India, he was handed his Test debut ahead of the likes of Samit Patel, Eoin Morgan and Jonny Bairstow. He scored a patient 229-ball 73 in the second innings and announced his arrival in style.
6. Maiden Test ton vs New Zealand – May, 2013: He scored the first of his 19 centuries in 2013 against New Zealand, five months after first getting a taste of Test cricket. Playing his sixth Test, Root came in with the team in trouble at 67/3 and resuscitated the innings in a 79-run stand with Ian Bell (30) and a 124-run stand with Jonny Bairstow (64).
7. First Ashes ton – July, 2013: Root took just two matches to leave his mark on cricket’s oldest rivalry. He scored a second innings 180 at Lord’s to set Australia the humongous target of 593. They would fall 347 runs short, sliding to a 2-0 deficit with three Tests to go and fully aware England had found something special in the then 22-year-old. It was a performance that was equal parts patience and guile, waiting out Australia’s bowlers early in the innings before cashing in as their energy and morale waned.
8. First double-century – June, 2014: In a match that saw Sri Lanka hold on for a draw by one wicket, Root proved the backbone of England’s innings on a pitch that favoured the batsmen. Across 298 balls and 500 minutes, the No.5 scored an unbeaten 200. It was his first double-century in Test cricket.
9. Becoming England’s Test captain – February, 2017: Long touted as the heir apparent to Cook as England’s next Test captain, destiny manifested itself for Root in early 2017 when he was officially given the reins.
10. 100th Test Match – February 2021: Root plays his 100th test match versus India from February 5 to 9, and has already notched up a century on day 1. In what is a rich vein of form, he will be looking to dominate the Indian side in high spirits.