England captain Joe Root says he will “hold dear forever” the tribute paid to him by Ben Stokes before he went on to score a century in his 100th Test against India in Chennai. Root hit his third hundred in as many games in 2021 with an unbeaten 128 on the day he racked up a century of Tests, become the third Englishman – after Colin Cowdrey and Alec Stewart – to mark the occasion with a ton.
“The guys put together a little surprise for me [on Thursday night] with some videos of past players and friends and family.” Root said. “Ben, in particular, stood up and said some very kind words. The guys have made it very special for me and I really appreciate it. I think [what was said] should stay between the two of us and the group but Ben’s a fine human being and it was really nice of him to go out of his way to say some very special things that I will hold dear forever.”
“I was a little bit emotional [at the toss]. I couldn’t even remember our team when I was asked about it,” he added. “I was a little bit all over the place but thankfully when I got out there I knew it was business as normal and I had a job to do.”
“I certainly feel like I am in good form and I need to cash in on it. Over the course of my career I have not always gone on and made really big scores so for me to be doing that currently is really pleasing.” he continued. “If I keep getting in positions to make big hundreds, I need to keep taking them. We are going to win more games if I am doing that.”