Sourav Ganguly, the former India captain and current president of the BCCI, praised Joe Root after the England batsman scored a century in the Lord’s Test against New Zealand.

When the odds were stacked against England in the Lord’s Test against New Zealand, right-handed batsman Joe Root came up big, scoring an unbeaten century to help the Ben Stokes-led team take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Root hit his tonne on the fourth day of the first Test, and he also reached 10,000 runs in Test cricket. Sourav Ganguly, the BCCI president, lauded Root as an all-time great as soon as Root mentioned the milestone.

“Joe Roooooooot…what a player…what a pressure knock…an all-time great…

@icc @bcci, “Ganguly retweeted.

After Alastair Cook, Root is the only England hitter to reach 10,000 Test runs.

England were set a goal of 277 in the first Test against New Zealand, and the hosts were left in trouble at 69/4 in the 20th over.

Root and Ben Stokes, on the other hand, teamed together to put on a 90-run partnership for the fifth wicket. After Stokes’ wicket fell after scoring 54, the contest was once again in doubt, with England on 159/5.

Ben Foakes, the wicketkeeper-batsman, then came out to bat with Root and put on an unbeaten 120-run sixth-wicket stand to take England over the line by five wickets.

Root and Foakes finished with 115 and 32 runs, respectively, to remain unbeaten.

The second Test between England and New Zealand will take place at Trent Bridge on June 10th.