Former Indian player Wasim Jaffer has said that England’s Joe Root can break the batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the most Test runs if he can play the game for a long time. However, Root has been in sublime form at the moment and scored a match-winning 142 to help England to a comfortable win over India in the recently-concluded fifth and final Test at Edgbaston.
During his knock, Joe Root also broke Virat Kohli’s record for highest runs in an India vs England series where he scored 737 runs during the five matches with an average of 105.28. His highest score in the series was 180 not out as well. And, Jaffer has now backed the English batter to break Tendulkar’s record for the most runs in Tests.
In an interaction with ESPNCricinfo, he said that if Joe Root can play the game for a long time, he is surely capable of going past Tendulkar’s record as well. “He can do it if he plays that long. He is only 31 years old. We all know that the career of English and Australian players isn’t long. But, if he plays another 5-6 years, I feel that he is capable of breaking the record,” said Jaffer.
While helping England to win over Team India in the Test at Edgbaston, Root equalled Hashim Amla and Michael Clarke’s tally of 28 centuries in the Test format of the game. He also went past Virat Kohli and Steve Smith in the process as well. He is currently ranked as the number one Test batter in the ICC rankings as well. However, Joe Root has 10,458 runs in Tests at the moment. Tendulkar, on the other hand, scored 15,921 runs in the Test format of the game with an average of 53.78 as well.