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Root is capable of overhauling Tendulkar, says Boycott

There has been a debate among the cricket fans and followers over the years if any cricketer in future will be able to surpass Sachin Tendulkar’s run tally in Test cricket, and England legend Geoffrey Boycott believes it could very well be Joe Root.

In his recent opinion column for London-based The Telegraph, Boycott wrote: “Forget just scoring more Test runs for England than David Gower, Kevin Pietersen and myself. Joe Root has the potential to play 200 Tests and score more runs than even Sachin Tendulkar.”

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Boycott, who played 108 Test matches and scores 8,114 runs, is not unaware of the run scoring gap between Tendulkar and Root that still exists. But he is still of the opinion that Root has enough playing days left in him to overhaul Tendulkar.

“Root is only 30. He has played 99 Tests and scored 8249 runs already. As long as he does not suffer serious injury there is no reason why he cannot beat Tendulkar’s all-time record of 15,921,” he opined.

Apart from Root, some other contemporary players also have the ability to go past Tendulkar, said Boycott.

“Virat Kohli, Steve Smith and Kane Williamson are wonderful players as well who could also score that many runs.”

Root has been in great form of late. In the just concluded two-match Test series against Sri Lanka, Root had scores of 228 and 186, which not only helped England win the series 2-0, but also won Root the Man of the Series award.

Root looks quite comfortable playing against spin, but his real litmus test will be when England play the four-match Test series in India starting next month.

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