Is Joe Root good enough to be England's Sachin Tendulkar?


Joe Root further underlined his importance in England's top order with his 11th Test century in the first Test against India.

And a glance at the Yorkshireman's statistics raises an exciting comparison with India great, and all-time record Test run-scorer, Sachin Tendulkar.

India's legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar - (Jon Super/AP)
(Jon Super/AP)

This is Root's 49th Test. Barring injury here, the second match of the series in Visakhapatnam will take him a quarter of the way to Tendulkar's total of 200, and he already has more than a quarter of the Little Master's run tally.

Root made 124 in Rajkot before falling to a disputed return catch by Umesh Yadav, lifting his Test run total to 4,227. Projecting those numbers over a 200-game career would take him to 17,253, compared with Tendulkar's 15,921.

Of course, an awful lot has to go in Root's favour for him to reach that mark - Tendulkar's fitness and longevity saw him play fully 32 matches more than any other player in Test history, with former Australia captains Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh both making 168 appearances.

England's Joe Root and Alastair Cook - (Richard Sellers/PA)
(Richard Sellers/PA)

But Root, 25, has time on his side and, after Alastair Cook raised questions before the series about his own long-term future as England captain, Root was widely viewed as his likeliest successor, further entrenching his status as a first-choice pick.

Root's current batting average of of 54.19 also puts him in the top 20 all-time Test cricket averages, four places and 0.41 of a run ahead of Tendulkar.

One factor he will hope to improve on is his conversion rate, with 23 half-centuries and just 11 hundreds, and only three of those overseas. His innings in Rajkot was therefore a welcome tick in those boxes.