Joe Root is garnering praises from all spheres after taking England to a commendable win against New Zealand in the first Test on Sunday. A lot of current as well as former cricketers took to Twitter to lavish praise on Root after the latter reached 10,000 runs in Test Cricket.
England’s former skipper, Alastair Cook is the latest to join the list. The English southpaw believes that Root would not just cross his tally of 12471 runs in Tests but will go way past that.
After a first-innings debacle by both the teams, England came victorious, all thanks to a solid 115 not-out from Root and a handy 54 from Ben Foakes. With this century, Root became the first player to make 10,000 runs in under 10 years. In the process, he also equaled Cook’s record for becoming the joint youngest player to reach 10,000 runs in Tests.
Understandably, the Knighted southpaw was in high praise for his successor. He claimed Root to be the most complete player he has even seen for England. Speaking to BBC, he summarized Root as “the most complete England batsman I have seen.”
“The person who could play the most incredible innings was Kevin Pietersen, but for the most complete batsmen in all three forms, it’s Root. His consistency is incredible. He was a very good player of spin, as good as anyone.” Cook said. When quizzed on Root’s longevity and form, he claimed, “He was ready to play international cricket. You knew he could handle the occasion. Barring injury, he’ll go miles past my record.”
The 37-year-old also made a stark comparison between his batting and that of Root’s. He claimed that Root has “so many low-risk scoring options, pretty much through 360 degrees, he will often get to 30 off 40 balls”. Cook felt the reason for him finishing his career at 33 was due to the “mental strain of scoring runs.” He said he had to “grind my way to 30” while Root does not have any problem of that sort.