England captain Joe Root has entered an elite list of captains to have scored a hundred, his 20th in the longest format, in their 100th Test match. Root is, in fact, the first since South Africa’s Graeme Smith achieved the feat in 2012. Besides Root and Smith, only three other players have scored a hundred in their 100th Test match as captain.

Playing his 13th Test innings in India, Joe Root has amassed 712 runs averaging 64.72 and has 2 hundreds and 5 fifties in the subcontinent nation. With this experience in Indian soil, fans believe that Root will fare better than Steve Smith in the Indian Premier League.

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Fans have batted for the England captain in the IPL ahead of the 2021 auctions, to be held in Chennai on February 18.

“How good will it be to buy “Joe Root” in IPL Auction. He’ll be playing a lot of Cricket in India before IPL. As 6 Franchises need overseas batsman we can admit Joe Root can be pocket friendly and dependable.”: a fan wrote on Twitter.

Another fan wrote: “I can’t understand why Joe root is never picked in ipl. Averaging 60 in Indian conditions. Done very well in 2016 world cup. Joe root >>>>> Steve Smith.”

Here’s how rest of the fans on Twitter reacted after Root’s brilliant hundred on Day of the 1st Test:

Root’s hundred on Friday came after his 228 and 186 in back to back Tests in Sri Lanka last month. With his 20th Test century, Root’s batting average has gone above 50 once again.

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