Who’s better: Joe Root vs Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli vs Joe Root in Test

Virat Kohli (IND) Joe Root (ENG)
Nov 5, 1988 Date of birth Dec 30, 1990
29 years Age 27 years
vs WI in Jamaica, Jun 20, 2011 Test debut vs IND in Nagpur, Dec 13, 2012
No. 4 (top-order batsman) Batting position No. 4/3 (top-order batsman)
Right-hand batsman Batting style Right-hand batsman
vs SA at Wanderers, Jan 27, 2018 Last Test vs PAK at Headingley, Jun 1, 2018
No. 2 ICC Test ranking No. 3
66 (112) Tests (inns) 69 (126)
5554 Test runs 5960
53.40 Average 52.28
8 Not outs 12
6 Double centuries 2
3 150s 4
22 100s 13
17 50s 41
15 100s as captain 2
11 100s overseas 3
10 100s at home 10
6 vs AUS, 5 vs SL, 3 vs ENG, 3 vs NZ, 2 vs SA, 1 vs BAN, 1 vs WI 100s by opponent 3 vs AUS, 3 vs IND, 2 vs SA, 2 vs WI, 1 vs NZ, 1 vs PAK, 1 vs SL
58.26 Strike rate 55.35
243 vs Sri Lanka at Kotla, Delhi Highest score 254 vs Pakistan at Old Trafford, Manchester
618 4s 682
17 6s 16
Matches 35; won 21, drawn 9, lost 5 Captaincy record Matches 16; won 6, drawn 2, lost 8
  • The first batsman ever to score double centuries in four consecutive Test series
  • 11th Indian batsman to score 5000 Test runs
  • The first batsman to score six double hundreds as captain
  • Highest run-scorer for an Indian batsman in a three-match Test series (610 runs against Sri Lanka 2017), and the fourth-highest overall
  • Kohli-led India hold the record for the joint-most consecutive Test series wins (9)
  • First Indian Test captain to score a double century overseas
  • Most Test runs in 2012 (689), 2015 (640) and 2016 (1215) by an Indian
  • Most Test centuries as captain of India (14)
Test records
    • Only the second batsman to score half-centuries in 12 consecutive Tests
    • Root’s 1385 Test runs in 2015 were the second most by an Englishman in a calendar year
    • Most runs in Test in 2016 (1477) and the second-highest run scorer in Test in 2015 (1385)
    • Part of Wisden Cricketers of the Year 2014
    • England’s Test Cricketer of the Year 2016

Kohli vs Root in ODI

Virat Kohli (IND) Joe Root (ENG)
vs SL in Dambulla, Aug 18, 2008 ODI debut vs IND in Rajkot, Jan 11, 2013
No. 3 (top-order batsman) Batting position No. 3/4 (top-order batsman)
Right-hand batsman Batting style Right-hand batsman
vs SA in Centurion, Feb 16, 2018 Last ODI vs AUS in Manchester, Jun 24, 2018
No. 1 ICC ODI ranking No. 6
208 (200) ODIs (inns) 113 (107)
9588 ODI runs 4584
58.10 Average 49.82
35 Not outs 15
3 150s 0
35 100s 13
48 50s 28
17 100s overseas 6
14 100s at home 6
8 vs SL, 5 vs AUS, 5 vs NZ, 4 vs SA, 4 vs WI, 3 vs ENG, 3 vs BAN, 2 vs PAK, 1 vs ZIM 100s by opponent 3 vs NZ, 2 vs WI, 2 vs SA, 2 vs SL, 2 vs IND, 1 vs BAN
92.14 Strike rate 86.71
183 vs Pakistan in Mirpur Highest score 133* vs Bangladesh at The Oval, London
893 4s 363
104 6s 39

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