England skipper Alastair Cook is in line to break one of the many records held by batting legend Sachin Tendulkar. Cook will have an opportunity to become the youngest cricketer to score 10,000 Test runs when his team takes on Sri Lanka in a three-Test series at home, starting May 19. Tendulkar breached the 10,000-run mark against Pakistan at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens in 2005 when he was 31 years and 10 months old. Cook, who turned 31 last December, needs 36 more to join the elite 10,000-run club in Tests.
Cook will get the chance to break Tendulkar’s record against Sri Lanka at Leeds, in the first Test in two weeks.
The left-handed opener will also become the first England batsman and the 11th overall to get to the 10,000-run mark. The England skipper has played 126 matches and has piled up 9964 runs at an average of 46.56.
Graham Gooch and Alex Stewart hold the second and third spot in the list of highest run-scorers in Tests for England.
Cook made his Test debut against India in at Nagpur in 2006. He made a sensational start to his career scoring a century on debut, adding to the 60 he made in the first innings. The stylish left-handed batsman made heads turn with his ability to amass runs in big matches. The high-point in Cook’s career came during the 2010-11 Ashes tour when he scored 766 runs in seven innings and guided his team to their first series win in Australia in 24 years.
Cook helped England conquer the spin den in India in the 2012-13 Test series. Cook’s unit came back from behind to win the series 2-1. The captain himself led from the front and scored 562 runs in four matches which included three centuries.