Joe Root was seen as an impressive prospect for England when he debuted against India in Nagpur in that infamous test series that England won in 2012. He got a half-century, showing early signs of being comfortable batting against India and in Indian conditions.
Now with 52 tests under his belt, it is quite easy to tell that he has a certain fondness for India. It is against India alone that Root has over 1000 test runs, also more than one-fifth of the test runs he has scored has come against India.
Joe Root against India/Others in Test
His consistency against India is chilling. In the 17 innings that he has played against India, he has over 10 50+ scores, including three centuries. A prerequisite to be able to succeed against Asian teams is to be able to play spin with ease, a trait that is found in abundance in Root. He has a batting average of over 50+ against spinners in Asia, which puts in numbers how good he is against spin.
Joe Root against Pace/Spin in Asia
But a certain problem for Root is that he is not able to convert his starts into big scores. This problem intensifies when he plays in the subcontinent where he has got only one hundred but has eight 50s. The only hundred he scored in Asia was against India in the first test of the tour at Rajkot, 2016. Of the other eight instances he got a fifty, six of them Root got out between the range of 70 to 99 runs.
Joe Root 50 to 100 conversion rate in tests/conversion rate in Asia
This series has been a rewarding series for Joe Root, but it has not resulted in wins. That might be because of Root’s inability to convert those three fifties. Maybe if he could score a big one in Chennai in the final test of the series, who knows, England could pull one game back.
Leading run scorer for England in this series