Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar on Tuesday said that England skipper Alastair Cook, who is the youngest entrant in the 10000-run club, can challenge Sachin Tendulkar’s all-time Test run record. The 31-year-old is 5879 runs behind the Master Blaster in the all-time Test runs list.
became the youngest cricketer to the cross the 10,000-run mark on Monday, breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s 11-year-old record. With the age on Cook’s side, Sunil Gavaskar believes that he can challenge Sachin Tendulkar’s all-time Test run record in the future.he England skipper
Sachin Tendulkar has made 15921 runs from 200 Test matches, while Cook is 5879 runs behind him with 10042 runs in 128 Test matches.
Cook also became the 12th batsman to cross the landmark figure joining an illustrious club, which include the likes of Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis, Rahul Dravid, Kumar Sangakkara, Brian Lara, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Mahela Jayawardene, Allan Border, Steve Waugh and Gavaskar himself.
When asked about Cook’s remarkable achievement, Gavaskar added that the Englishman’s success was even more special considering his career as an opening batsman.
"It definitely does because the ball does swing around a little bit more, the pitches can sometimes a little bit lively. So you are playing in different conditions, different pitches. Playing in England is much more difficult against quality opposition. So I think Alastair Cook certainly deserves a lot of praise for getting there," he said.
The former India captain also recalled some of the famous names to miss out on the landmark figure.
"Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Viv Richards straight away come to my mind. Those two are among the greatest. Javed Miandad is another one. He could have got there, the same also for Inzamam-ul-Haq," Gavaskar told NDTV.