Joe Root’s superb 218 gives England commanding position against India

There were two moments during the second day in Chennai that rather summed up where Joe Root’s head is at right now; the zone that the England captain currently finds himself in during what has been a frankly remarkable start to 2021.

The first came just before tea when he danced down the pitch and launched Ravichandran Ashwin for a handsome six over long-on. So consumed by his current hunger for runs and the tunnel vision that has descended over him, Root had not clocked that he had just brought up his fifth Test match double-century until a ripple of applause echoed around the empty stands of the Chepauk Stadium.

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