Twitter Erupts As Joe Root Claims The Cheapest Five-Wicket Haul By A Spinner In Test Cricket

Twitter Erupts As Joe Root Claims The Cheapest Five-Wicket Haul By A Spinner In Test Cricket

Joe Root
Joe Root celebrates his maiden test 5-fer. (Photo: BCCI)

He can score hundreds. He can score daddy hundreds as he has shown during this winter but on Thursday, England captain Joe Root proved that he can run through a batting-unit with his off-spin. And, run through it very very quickly.

On a day that started with discussions around the possible lead that India will end up taking, Joe Root wrote a script of his own as he sent record books tumbling as he claimed the cheapest five-wicket haul (5-9) in Test history by a spinner.

The England captain brought himself in the attack after Jack Leach had claimed the overnight duo of Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma.

And, within a space of 38 balls, Joe Root proceeded to polish the Indian middle and lower-order to help his side knock over the hosts for 145 and keep their lead to 32 runs.

 Joe Root
England Cricket Team. Image Credits: Twitter

Root first claimed Rishabh Pant, who nicked off to Jack Leach before he knocked over Washington Sundar, who saw his off-stump pegged back after the southpaw played down the wrong line.

Axar Patel decided to hit Root out of the attack courtesy of an ambitious lofted cover-drive but he could only hit it as far as the short-cover fielder. Ravichandran Ashwin, in an attempt to score some crucial runs, holed out at deep square-leg while Jasprit Bumrah was pinned right in front of the wicket.

Root claimed a five-wicket-haul and in the process, he became just the second England player after Chris Heseltine (5/38 vs SA in Jo’Burg, 1895) to take a maiden five-wicket haul in FC cricket in a Test match.

 

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

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