Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar believes Joe Root is a notch below the other three batsmen of the fab four-category – Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, and Virat Kohli. Root has been in sublime form in the last three Test matches and has scored two double centuries. The England captain had scored a match-winning knock of 218 runs in the first Test match against India at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
Root had scored 426 runs in the two-Test matches against Sri Lanka at an average of 106. Subsequently, Root had scored 258 runs in the first Test match against India and thus he was awarded the Player of the match.
On the other hand, it has been noticed that Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, and Virat Kohli are more consistent in the fab-four category. Smith is one of the best batsmen in the Test fold whereas Williamson was also in red-hot form in the recent past. Kohli has also done a fabulous job for the Indian team in all three formats of the game.
“He is very very good. But I don’t think he is the best batsman in the world. There are four contenders for that and he is amongst the four contenders. But I think he is just a notch below the other three,” said Gavaskar.
On the other hand, former England batsman Mark Butcher added that Root is the best batsman in recent time based on the form he is in.
“He is the best player playing right now because the others haven’t got much Test cricket going at the moment. So the form he is in, there is no one better than him right now,” said the former England batsman.
Root played the Indian bowlers with class in the first Test match at Chennai and he will look to continue the good show. The right-hander will play a crucial role in the rest of the Test matches against India.
Root has also climbed up in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen as he has now occupied the third position. The second Test match will be played at the same venue of Chepauk Stadium, Chennai from February 13.