Joe Root, Virat Kohli
Joe Root, Virat Kohli. Image-Twitter.

Saba Karim accepts Joe Root has left Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, and Kane Williamson a long way behind in the ‘Fab Four’ race. 

Root scored an unbeaten 115 in the fourth innings of the Lord’s Test between England and New Zealand. The thump helped Ben Stokes’ side pursue down a 277-run target and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. 

Joe Root Is Above Everyone At The Moment: Saba Karim

Joe Root
Joe Root (Image Source: Twitter)

During an interaction on India News, Saba was inquired as to whether Root had walked in front of Kohli, Smith, and Williamson in view of his endeavors over a recent couple of years.

He replied: “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.” 

Root has amassed 2192 runs at a superb average of 56.20 in the 21 Tests he has played starting from the start of 2021. The previous England captain didn’t have an extraordinary form in the Ashes, however, has been productive wherever else. 

Joe Root Did Not Get Support From Other End: Saba Karim

Saba brought up that Root has nearly been a solitary champion with the bat for England throughout the course of recent years.

He explained: “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.” 

Joe Root
Joe Root (Image Source: Twitter)

The former Indian wicketkeeper added that Team India has not exclusively depended on Kohli during this period. 

Saba elaborated: “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.”

Joe Root Has Scored All Around The Globe: Saba Karim

Joe Root (Image Credits: Twitter)
Joe Root vs Sri Lanka (Image Credits: Twitter)

While seeing that Williamson and Smith have likewise partaken in the help of their colleagues, Saba closed by praising Root for scoring runs all around the globe. The former Indian selector said: 

“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.” 

Kohli has scored at an average of only 30.20 in Tests starting from the start of 2021 and has not scored an international 100 in last three years. Smith and Williamson, in the meantime, do average 48.31 and 51.50, respectively, in this period, however, have scored just a century each. 

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