Joe Root Becomes Most Successful Test Skipper Of England
By Aditya Pratap - Aug 28, 2021 8:35 pm
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Joe Root has become the most successful Test captain of England after winning the Headingley Test against India on Saturday. Root has, now, surpassed former skipper Michael Vaughan.

Joe Root
Joe Root is in sensational form with the bat

This was Root’s 27th victory as a Test captain in his 55th Test while leading the side. Vaughan had managed to lead England to victory in 26 Test matches out of 51 he had captained his team.

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Root was named the England Test skipper after Alastair Cook stepped down from the post in February 2017. England toured India in December 2016 and were handed a 4-0 drubbing in the five-match Test series.

Root has 19 draws and seven losses to his name in addition to the 27 wins.

On the match’s front, England won the third Test in Leeds by an innings and 76 runs after dismissing the remaining Indian wickets within the first session of day four. Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara were the overnight batsmen and had mustered 99 runs for the third wicket by the stumps.

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They couldn’t add the hundredth run in their partnership as Pujara was found shouldering arms to an incoming Ollie Robinson delivery. He got out for 91. Kohli brought up his half-century – first of the tour – but fell soon after to Robinson while poking a ball outside his off stump.

Ollie Robinson
Ollie Robinson dismissed Virat Kohli on day four in Leeds

Ajinkya Rahane followed his skipper back in the pavilion in the very next over. Rishabh Pant also got out in the following over. By then, India had lost the game.

Ravindra Jadeja tried to play some shots and scored 30 runs in 25 balls before getting out. Robinson took a fifer in the second innings and was named man of the match for his seven-wicket effort in the Test.

Craig Overton took three wickets while Anderson and Moeen Ali grabbed one wicket each to conclude India’s second innings for 278.