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Joe Root vs Virat Kohli Test cricket stats and comparison

In this article, we look at Joe Root vs Virat Kohli Test cricket stats and comparison. Joe Root is much more ahead of Virat in terms of runs in test cricket.

Last updated: 18.07.2022
Joe Root vs Virat Kohli Test cricket stats and comparison

Former Indian captain Virat Kohli is one of the best batsmen in modern-day cricket. He captained India in 68 tests out of which India won 40 matches, lost 17 and 11 were drawn. Currently, he is in the bad phase of his cricketing career, from 2019 he hasn't hit any century in international cricket and also he is not in good touch. On the other hand former England skipper Joe Root is in the form of his life since 2019 he has scored 11 test centuries and has become the player with the highest test centuries among active players(28). He captained England in 64 tests out of which 27 were won by England and 26 were lost. Recently both have had more than 8000 test runs among active members. Joe Root is much more ahead of virat in terms of runs in test cricket. Here is the statistical comparison between two modern-day greats.

Scores in Test cricket

In a career spanning over a decade, Kohli has smashed 8,074 runs from 102 Tests at a remarkable average of 49.53. He is presently the sixth-highest run-scorer for India (Tests) after Sachin Tendulkar (15,921), Rahul Dravid (13,288), and Sunil Gavaskar (10,122), VVS Laxman (8,781), and Virender Sehwag (8,586). Kohli touched the 8,000-run mark in his 169th Test innings.

England Test captain Root is one of the most prolific batters in Test cricket. He is known for his sound technique and consistency. The root is the leading run-scorer among active cricketers. He has racked up 10,458 runs from 121 Tests at an average of 50.77 so far. Notably, Root had scored his 8,000th Test run in his 178th innings.

A look at the Notable stats

Root scored 8,000 runs in his first 98 Test matches. He averaged 48.80 at that time. Root had 18 centuries and 49 half-centuries after 98 Tests. Currently, he has scored 28 test tons and 54 fifties. On the other hand, Kohli has 27 tons in the format (28 fifties). His conversion rate in the format is commendable. Kohli has slammed as many as seven double-tons in Test cricket. Since 2019 he hasn't scored any test century.

So far, Kohli has smashed 4,206 runs at an incredible average of 55.34 in winning cause. The tally includes 13 centuries and 15 fifties. From 2013 to 2021, Root amassed 4,725 runs in 44 Tests that England won. He averaged 61.04 in these matches which clearly shows that Root is the best batsman in the current fab 4.

Kohli vs Root: Batting stats as captain

Over the years, Virat Kohli has become India's most successful captain in Tests. He is the first captain of India to win a test series in Australia. Root has achieved similar success as the captain of England's Test side. Kohli racked up 5,864 runs at 54.80 while leading India in 68 Tests. He has the second-most century by a captain in the format. On the other hand, Root smashed 3,458 runs at 44.33 while leading England in Tests (2017-2021).  

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