joe Root, 31, is the only one of the exclusive group of run-scorers who is still playing Test cricket at the age of 31. Sunil Gavaskar, a legend in Indian cricket, was the first to join the privileged group.
Joe Root, the former England captain, became the 14th batsman to reach 10,000 Test runs when he hit the milestone during his match-winning 115* against New Zealand at Lord’s on Sunday. Root, 31, is the only one of the exclusive group of run-scorers who is still playing Test cricket at the age of 31. Sunil Gavaskar, the legendary Indian cricketer, was the first to join the exclusive group. Gavaskar reached 10,000 Test runs in a match against Pakistan in Ahmedabad on March 7, 1987.
Sunil Gavaskar scored his 10,000th Test run off Pakistani spinner Ijaz Faqih’s bowling. The game was stopped for a long time as the Ahmedabad fans rushed onto the field to applaud Sunil Gavaskar on reaching the historic milestone.
Sunil Gavaskar became the first batter in Test history to score 10,000 runs.
Sunil Gavaskar scored his 10000th run in the Ahmedabad Test when he played a late-cut off Ijaz Fakih in 1987.
sunil Gavaskar became the first cricketer to scale the Mount Everest — 10000 Test runs
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Sunil Gavaskar once told Indian Express about the feat and the delight of becoming the first-ever member of the 10,000 club: “I knew I needed 57 runs. I don’t usually pay attention to the scoreboard. However, when you reach a score of 50, you are greeted with applause. You realize it at that point. If my memory serves me correctly, I reached 50 with a single. As a result, I was aware that there were now seven more runs to go.
“It’s simply wonderful after you reach 10,000.” Because it had never been done before, it was magical. Even 9,000 had never been done before, and I was the first to complete it. However, 9,000 is a four-digit figure. It was nearly like ascending Mt Everest for the first time because 10,000 is a five-digit number.”
The root is now a member of the select club. Root’s current Test batting average is just around 50, which is the measure of an all-time great, with only retired Sir Alastair Cook’s 33 hundred at this level surpassing his 26. And Sunday’s innings suggest that there will be plenty more runs to come, with Root now free of what he described as a “very unpleasant relationship” with England captain Joe Root.