Twitter Reactions: Joe Root uproots Sri Lankan roots with a classic double ton in Galle Test
Root slog-swept Lasith Embuldeniya for a four to get to the milestone.
Updated - Jan 16, 2021 11:17 am
Joe Root, the England Test skipper, got to his fourth Test double-century against Sri Lanka in the opening Test at the Galle International Stadium. Quite often, he has been alleged of throwing his wicket away after getting into the 50s, but this time around, the right-hander made sure that he carried on and get a big score. It goes without saying he’s led his team from the front.
He came to bat at a tricky time after Lasith Embuldeniya got rid of the English openers, Zak Crawley and Dominic Sibley in quick succession. Just when the Lankans were looking to stage a comeback after being shot out for 135 in their first innings, Root took charge. He got to his fifty off 94 balls and put up a partnership of 114 runs with Jonny Bairstow, who managed only 47 runs.
Joe Root makes it big
After Bairstow got out, Root joined hands with debutant Dan Lawrence, who scored 73 runs in his debut innings in Test cricket. Lawrence and Root put the Three Lions on the driver’s seat, putting on 173 runs for the fourth wicket. When Lawrence got out to Dilruwan Perera, the visiting team had stretched their lead to 169 runs. However, Root carried on in his own merry way.
On the second day, Root pressed on the accelerator and accomplished his century off 163 balls. He was seeing the ball like a football and he wasn’t in any sort of discomfort. Even when wickets kept falling at the other end, he didn’t lose his cool and composure. There was no rush of blood from the skipper, who kept on milking the Lankan bowling with sheer grace and elegance.
He also stitched together a 68-run stand with Jos Buttler, who scored a 57-ball 30. Sam Curran and Dom Bess couldn’t open their account as Sri Lanka had something to cheer for. In the meantime, England’s lead stretched way past 200 and they are in a commanding position.
In the first session of the third day, Root racked up the double ton off 291 balls. Root slog-swept Embuldeniya for a four to get to the milestone. The veteran also became the first Englishman to score a double ton in subcontinental Asia since 1985.
Here’s how the netizens reacted:
— Sam Billings (@sambillings) January 16, 2021
8️⃣0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ runs in Test cricket for Joe Root!
— ICC (@ICC) January 16, 2021
Joe Root today became the first English captain to score two double centuries. Seven other English captains have managed one each!
Interestingly, Virat Kohli already has a record seven Test double centuries as a captain!#SLvENG #SLvsENG
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 16, 2021
Serious Serious Knock from Joe Root, 4th double hundred in Tests against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka on a turner. One of the finest knock in Asia by a overseas player. Well played, Root. pic.twitter.com/dtKWKDO3z0
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 16, 2021
Double hundred for Joe Root. Haters will cry, Joe Root will laugh. pic.twitter.com/fI2n5vrBZ3
— Praveen (@iamPra98) January 16, 2021
Current players of SENA countries to scored Double Hundred in Tests in Asia :-
That's it, End of List.
— CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) January 16, 2021
200 for Joe Root, it's his 4th double ton in Test cricket. What a way to start the year for him, he looks to found his rhythm back. pic.twitter.com/Oa4qa7Oat7
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) January 16, 2021
Meanwhile Joe Root is playing a marathon knock.. Excellent 👏👏❤️😊 #ENGvSL
— Debashish Sarangi (@Plumb_infront) January 16, 2021
— Shantanu Smart (@smartshantanu) January 16, 2021
Joe root with a 💯💯 quality batting #SLvENG
— jack hirst (@pastyitfc) January 16, 2021
— MELbet India Official (@MELbet_in) January 16, 2021
Good to see Joe Root scoring big runs.
Hopefully he will have a big away Ashes this Year.#SLvENG
— Andy. (@WeBleedBlue007) January 16, 2021