CHENNAI: England captain Joe Root rewrote history books when he hit a sparkling century in his 100th Test to help England start solidly in the opening Test against India on Friday.
Root took a single off spinner Washington Sundar to complete his 20th Test ton, and raised his bat to an applauding England dressing room in Chennai.
The in-form batsman — who made his Test debut in India in 2012 and is playing after match-winning knocks of 228 and 186 in Sri Lanka — swept the Indian spinners around the stadium as he reached the landmark in 164 balls.
He joined England greats Colin Cowdrey and Alec Stewart in getting a hundred in their 100th Test.
Root, however, is the first to score a century in his 98th, 99th and 100th Test.
Root was batting alongside, Dom Sibley, on 83, as the duo put on an unbroken 164-run stand to steer England to 227 for two after batting first at the start of the four-match series.
The 30-year-old Root, who has scored over 8,000 runs at an average of over 49, is the 15th England player in 144 years of Test cricket to have appeared in a hundred matches.
List of batsmen to score a century in their 100th Test
Colin Cowdrey (ENG) v Australia in Birmingham, 1968
Javed Miandad (PAK) v India in Lahore, 1989
Gordon Greenidge (WIS) v England in St. John´s (Antigua), 1990
Alec Stewart (ENG) v West Indies in Manchester, 2000
Inzamam-ul-Haq (PAK) v India in Bangalore, 2005
Ricky Ponting (AUS – 2 X 100s) v South Africa in Sydney, 2006
Graeme Smith (RSA) v England at The Oval (London), 2012
Hashim Amla (RSA) v Sri Lanka in Johannesburg, 2017
Joe Root (ENG) v India in Chennai, 2021