Root, while batting on 196, danced down the track and launched India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin over long-on for a six to bring his double century. Root is also the first English cricketer to reach his double century with a six.
In the process, Root also eclipsed Pakistan great Inzamam-ul-Haq‘s record of the highest score in the 100th Test.
Inzamam had scored 184 runs against India during the Bengaluru Test in 2005. And, the England run-machine broke the 16-year-old record in style.
The first cricketer ever to score a double century in his 100th Test match! 💯💯Scorecard: https://t.co/dS83GpOl0T… https://t.co/qIk7WBS9cX
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) 1612601169000
The in-form batsman, who made his Test debut in India in 2012 and played match-winning knocks of 228 and 186 in Sri Lanka, joined England greats Colin Cowdrey and Alec Stewart in scoring a century in their 100th Test match.
The 30-year-old, who has scored over 8,000 runs at an average of over 49, is the 15th England player to have appeared in 100 Test matches.
Highest score in 100th Test:
Joe Root (England) – 200* vs India, Chennai 2021
Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pakistan) – 184 vs India, Bengaluru 2005
Gordon Greenidge (West Indies) – 149 vs England, St John’s 1990
Javed Miandad (Pakistan) – 145 vs India, Lahore 1989
Ricky Ponting (Australia) – 143* vs South Africa, Sydney 2006