Former Indian cricketer names the best Test batter in the current era

Saba Karim believes that Joe Root has surpassed Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson and Steve Smith in the fab-four list.

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Former Indian cricketer, Saba Karim believes that Joe Root is currently the best batter in Test Cricket and has surpassed the likes of Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, and Steve Smith in the fab four race.

Joe Root recently helped England win the first Test against New Zealand after scoring a sensational ton at Lord’s Cricket Ground. With that knock, he also reached 10,000 runs in Test Cricket. On being asked whether Joe Root has surpassed the likes of Kohli, Williamson and Smith in the fab-four race, Saba Karim stated,

“He has gone far ahead. Joe Root has left the other three batters far behind in the last two years. Whether we talk about consistency, technique, or temperament, in all these aspects Joe Root is above everyone at the moment.”

After suffering humiliating series defeats against Australia and West Indies, Joe Root stepped down as the captain of the England Test team. However, his form with the bat in the last few years has been nothing short of outstanding. He has been doing the bulk of the scoring for England. Root scored the most runs in Test Cricket last year and is currently the third-highest run-getter in the ongoing 2022.

Saba Karim also highlighted the fact that Joe Root has been the only bright spot in England’s batting department for last few years. He has lacked support from the other batters in the batting unit.

“And we are not discussing one more thing, that if we see England’s batting, other than Root, we are not seeing any other name coming to the forefront. It means Joe Root has single-handedly scored runs and hit centuries, he has not got any support from the other end.”

He further explained his point by stating that the likes of Virat Kohli, Steve Smith and Kane Williamson have gotten support from the other batters but Root didn’t.

“If we talk about India, along with Virat Kohli we have Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, Ajinkya Rahane and many other batters who have scored runs at the international level and supported him.”

“The same is the case with New Zealand and Australia. Whether it is Indian conditions or Sri Lanka or England, this player (Root) has won matches on his own or has scored centuries. So the importance of that is even greater.”




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