Joe Root was England’s hero in the first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s. The former skipper scored his 26th hundred and also completed 10,000 runs in the longest format of the game. Sourav Ganguly took to social media to laud one of the greatest batters in the history of cricket.

Meanwhile, he became just the second Englishman to reach the landmark. Alastair Cook was the first England player to touch 10k mark in red-ball cricket.

The symmetry of their achievements does not end there, with both men exactly 31 years and 157 days old when they crossed the threshold.

The hosts won the first Test by five wickets. “Joe Roooooooot ..what a player what a knock under pressure ..an all time great,” Ganguly wrote on Twitter.

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