Root showed maturity beyond his years to record the highest ever individual innings by a Yorkshire player in a fourth innings to win a match.
Resuming on 17 runs with all ten wickets in hand after day three, Yorkshire always believed that they hand enough talent in their batting to score the 338 runs required for victory and with Root’s exquisite 182 and important runs from Adil Rashid 50*and Captain Andrew Gale 39, the class of 2013 recorded the fourth highest victory run chase in the Club’s history.
“To contribute in my first game back is really pleasing, and to get a win on the board early in the season is fantastic for the county,” said Root.
“We got a couple of really good partnerships in today, and the lads who were in felt really good at the crease. Hopefully we can take that into next week against Derbyshire.
“It was really pleasing to get some points on the board for Yorkshire. It was a great team effort.”
Rashid, who showed tremendous patience in his 81-ball 50, was also a major cornerstone in Yorkshire’s run chase and Root believes the Bradford-born spinner thrives on the pressure.
“He played fantastically well. To come in under pressure and play like he did, he made it a hell of a lot easier for me at the other end,” added Root. “It was a tremendous knock.
“A couple of the other lads got some valuable time at the crease and contributed well.”
“If we can keep improving like we have done this game, it will stand us in good stead for the rest of the season.”