Joe Root’s outstanding form has raised the likelihood of him smashing Sachin Tendulkar’s illustrious world record. With 15,921 runs, Tendulkar holds the record for most runs scored in Test matches. However, the fact that Root is 31 and has passed the 10,000-run mark in Test matches implies that the former England captain may be able to go where no batter has gone before.
Former Australia captain Mark Taylor was the first to suggest last week that Root could surpass Tendulkar, which was backed up by ex-England captain Michael Vaughan. Rashid Latif, the former Pakistan captain and wicketkeeper, has now weighed in on the subject, claiming that while Root is currently in excellent form, he must maintain it for the next four to five years if he is to challenge Tendulkar’s global record.
If Joe Root Can’t Cross The Mark, He Will Definitely Come Close: Rashid Latif
“It’s something you can predict. Some of these players such as Virat Kohli, Babar Azam and Joe Root, these players can score 1000s of more runs than they have so much time. Root will be eyeing Sachin Tendulkar’s feat. See, certain players left the game a little early or were not in great form,” Latif said on the YouTube show Caught Behind.
Latif cited a couple of greats who he believed had a chance to surpass Tendulkar but were unable to do so owing to a lack of form near the end of their careers. In fact, England’s Alastair Cook was expected to match Tendulkar’s record a few years ago, but he failed. Similarly, if Root is to reach the pinnacle, he must avoid poor form, according to Latif.
“Jacques Kallis and Ricky Ponting could have come close but for Root, it is important to be in the same form. If in the next 2-3 years, he can score 1200-1300 runs, he can come close. By the time he is 34-35, he may have the hope that he can go past it. Even if he can’t cross, he surely will come close,” he mentioned.
Joe Root has hit 10 hundred in the last 18 months and is in form of his life.