In a sudden turn of events, England’s top-order batter Joe Root has decided to step down as the captain of England’s Test team. The Yorkshireman led the Three Lions in 63 matches. He also holds the record for the most Test wins and losses with 27 wins and 25 losses.
Fans on social media sent out a plethora of messages hailing Joe Root’s captaincy reign and compared the 31-year-old’s decision to Virat Kohli’s, who had also stepped down from India’s captaincy. Root became the captain of the England team in 2017 as he took the reins from Alastair Cook.
Check out some reactions:
Joe Root steps down as England Men's test cricket captain.
As the skipper, he has the…
🥇 Most matches – 64
🥇 Most wins – 27
🥇 Most runs – 5295
🥇 Most 100's – 14
🥇 Most 50's – 26
🥇 Most catches – 87
There are plenty more wickets and runs to come!
— William Hill (@WilliamHill) April 15, 2022
Well done Root! Superb players these days get unnecessarily caught up in board hassles and extreme scrutiny.
— Rahul Dhawan (@StoicalDhawan) April 15, 2022
Cheers @root66, be proud of what you achieved as England captain. Now it's time to focus on your own game with no pressure. 🏴
— Jack (@jdh1989) April 15, 2022
What even is happening, first Virat and now Root. Two of the stalwarts of #testcricket stepping down as captain in the same span of time will do more harm to the game than good but we have to respect both of their decisions. #joeroot𓃵 https://t.co/zkJYSznaZD
— सर्वेश नाईक (@_sarveshnaik) April 15, 2022
Gave it his best until the very end & a great ambassador for the game. Shame he had very little support from his teammates when he was in the form of his life. Carried a lot of the blame in hard times & always held himself extremely well. Top class as always.
— Alex Mc (@aa_mcintosh22) April 15, 2022
— Mufaddal Vohra (@Mufaddal_vohra_) April 15, 2022
Go well, Root! You were unlucky to lead your side during the transition period. Yet won over 20 tests. You were a great leader and you will always be one! All the best on your future as a batter! @root66 #JoeRoot
— We Believe In DK Supremacy #PlayBold (@Im_Vengeance18) April 15, 2022
— Rachit Modi (@RachitModi17) April 15, 2022
Only Kane Williamson left as the Test captain from the "Fab 4" of the modern Era.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) April 15, 2022