Former batter Michael Vaughan said that Joe Root has every chance of breaking the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s record of most runs in Test cricket. The 31-year-old Root breached the 10,000-run mark in the purest format during England’s opening Test against New Zealand at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground.
Root became the 14th cricketer and the second Englishman after Alastair Cook to achieve the record. On the back of his knock, the Three Lions won the match by five wickets and took a crucial 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Vaughan clearly said that Root is England’s “best ever” Test batter.
Vaughan reckoned that Root has every chance of going past the Master Blaster’s colossal numbers without much fuss.
“Joe Root is England’s best ever – now Sachin Tendulkar should watch out. For me, Joe Root stands alongside Graham Gooch as England’s greatest batsmen and the way he is going he could surpass Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the most Test runs,” Vaughan wrote in his column for The Telegraph.
“He is still 6000 short of Sachin’s total but he is only 31 and if James Anderson can play until he is 40, then I think Joe can too. He loves batting that much. He is driven. He is a cricket badger. You have to have it in you to wake up every morning and think about batting,” he added.
Earlier, former Australia batter Mark Taylor said that if Root can maintain the same rhythm, he can go past the 15,000-run mark without having to break much sweat.
“Root has a minimum of five years left in him, so I think Tendulkar’s record is very achievable. Root is batting as I have ever seen him bat over the last 18 months to two years. He is in the prime of his career, so there are 15,000 runs-plus for him if he stays healthy,” Taylor told SKY Sports.
Root also became the first batter to score 10,000 Test runs within 10 years since his Test debut.