Mumbai: England captain Joe Root added another feather with his stunning cap as he became the first batsman in the history of Test cricket to score a double century in his 100th Test.
Root won the first Test against India at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday. During this innings, Root also recorded the highest score for a player playing in his 100th Test.
Root broke the record of former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq to achieve this feat. He also surpassed Mike Gatting (207) to post the highest individual score for an English batsman in India. Root has now scored five double centuries in Test cricket; Only Wally Hammond has posted more for England (7).
At tea break on the second day, England score 454/4 with Root (209 *) and Olly Pope (24 *) still at the crease. Shahbaz Nadeem found the skull of Stokes, but Root and Pope ensured that the guests kept scoring at a brisk pace. The second season scored 99 runs in 28 overs.
Resuming the second season at 355/3, Stokes and Root added 32 more runs before Nadeem managed to send Stokes (82) to the pavilion in the 127th over of the innings.
The left-handed batsman went for the slog sweep, but only handed an easy catch to Cheteshwar Pujara, who was identified on the back square-foot. Olly Pope then added captain Root in the middle and the pair did not let the pace slow down for England.
Both batters ensured that England did not lose any wickets before the tea interval. Pope and Root have extended their fifth-wicket partnership to 67 runs.