With the start of India vs England 1st Test, Joe Root became the 15th player to represent England in 100 Tests. Ahead of the match, the English skipper received his 100th cap from all-rounder Ben Stokes. England assistant batting coach Graham Thorpe praised Joe Root and termed him as a great student of the game who is continuously working towards improving his skills.
“I think you need a good sense of humour to play that amount of cricket because you will experience highs but there are gonna be some moments in the way where you have your lows and you have to show a bit of character and resilience. And then you have to adapt to the next situation and sometimes you have to tinker with your technique and you have to manage all that,” Thorpe said.
“To play 100 Test matches is no mean feat and he will be very proud and his family will be very proud. He is a great student of the game, watching other people play and learning. He is somebody who does not want to be standstill and he got a great hunger to score runs as well and improve,” he had added.
Joe Root will be England’s main man with the bat against India. He’s been in scintillating form of late and is coming back from a top series against Sri Lanka where he scored a double hundred in the first match and backed it up with another massive hundred in the second Test. He was England’s highest run-getter on their previous tour to India and has six 50+ scores in his last six matches in India.