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Joe Root Creates History, Becomes England’s Leading Run-Scorer In World Cup

England star Joe Root has added yet another feather to his already illustrious cap. The right-handed batsman has now become England’s all-time leading run-scorer in ODI World Cup.

The former England captain achieved the feat during the game against Bangladesh at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Stadium in Dharamsala on Tuesday (October 10). The record was previously held by England great Graham Gooch. Gooch scored 897 runs in 21 World Cup matches. The former batsman hit one century and eight half-centuries in the tournament.

Joe Root, on the other hand, took 19 matches to surpass his tally. He now has 917 runs in 19 ODI World Cup games. He also holds the record for most runs in a single edition of the World Cup as an England player. The ongoing edition is his third ODI World Cup as a player.

In the 2015 World Cup, Joe Root scored 202 runs in 6 games with the help of 1 century. In 2019, he scored a record 556 runs in 11 games including 2 centuries and 3 half-centuries as England won the World Cup for the first time. The former Test captain has started the ongoing tournament in a promising manner too by scoring fifties in the first two games.

In the World Cup opener against New Zealand, he scored 77 runs although England suffered a crushing 9-wicket loss against New Zealand. And against Bangladesh, Joe Root scored 82 runs off 68 balls with the help of 8 fours and a six. He added a big stand of 151 runs with opener Dawid Malan for the second wicket before the latter departed after scoring 140.

Most runs in the ODI World Cup:

The record for most runs in the ODI World Cup belongs to the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. He finished his illustrious career after scoring 2278 runs in 45 World Cup games. Tendulkar also hit 6 centuries and 15 half-centuries in the tournament.

The former India batsman is the only player who has scored more than 2,000 runs in the ODI World Cup. Ricky Ponting, Kumar Sangakkara, Brian Lara, and AB de Villiers complete the top five.

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