Joe Root, on Thursday, December 1, became the all-time leading run-scorer in tournaments consisting of 5 or more teams. It mostly consists of the World Test Championships, T20 World Cups, ODI World Cups, Asia Cups and World Cup Super League.

Root accomplished the feat during the opening day of England’s first Test against Pakistan that started on Thursday at the Rawalpindi International Stadium. Root was only nine runs short of the milestone and he reached it without having to break a sweat.

In 78 matches thus far, Root has scored 5121 runs at an average of 52.25 with 15 hundreds and 22 half-centuries to show for his efforts.

Kohli, on the other hand, has scored 5107 runs from 114 matches at an average of 51.58 with six centuries and 40 half-centuries to his name.

Kohli would

have his chance of getting the top spot back when India lock horns with Bangladesh in a three-match ODI series, which is scheduled to be played from December 4 in Dhaka and Chattogram.

Kohli last played in the T20 World Cup 2022 on Australian soil where the Men in Blue lost to Jos Buttler’s England in the semi-final. He wasn’t a part of India’s squad for the ODI and T20I series in New Zealand.

As far as the match between Pakistan and England are concerned, the visitors scored 506 for the loss of four wickets in only 75 minutes. Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope and Harry Brook scored centuries and put the Three Lions in a commanding position.

Ben Stokes also threw his bat around to stay unbeaten on 34 off 15 balls with six fours and a six. Leg-spinner Zahid Mahmood picked up two wickets for Pakistan.
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