At the Edgbaston Cricket Ground’s rescheduled fifth Test against India, former England captain Joe Root maintained his unstoppable form by scoring his fourth century in Test cricket, putting his nation on the cusp of an incredible comeback triumph. Along with modern-era great Virat Kohli, Root also accomplished a significant milestone by leaving behind two cricketing luminaries in Sunil Gavaskar and former Australia captain Ricky Ponting. India vs. England Live Score, Day 5 of the Fifth Test.

On the fifth morning of the Edgbaston Test, Root passed former India captain Gavaskar to become the second-highest run-getter in the India-England Test rivalry after achieving his fifth century of the year. Since 2012, Root has made 25 appearances in this Test series, scoring 2509 runs at an average of 62.72. Gavaskar scored 2483 runs in 38 games versus England. As of right present, Root is just 2535 runs behind batting great Sachin Tendulkar.

His ninth century against India in Test cricket surpassed Australia veteran Ricky Ponting, who had eight such runs to his credit in 29 Tests, as the highest ever by a hitter against the side. In terms of total runs scored against India, Root is second among hitters. On that special list, Ponting’s total of 2555 runs throughout his remarkable career comes in first.

Overall, he currently holds the top spot among the Fab Four batsmen after scoring his 28th century in Test cricket. He surpassed Virat Kohli and former Australia captain Steve Smith on the record of most Test cricket hundreds ever. He now occupies position 15 on the elusive list, although he tops the list of active cricketers.