Alastair Cook breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s long-standing Test record

first_imgEngland Test captain Alastair Cook created history on Monday as he became the youngest batsman to breach the 10,000-run landmark in Test cricket, breaking an 11-year record held by Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.Cook achieved the feat – aged 31 years, five months and 7 days – on Day 4 of the ongoing second Test against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street. Tendulkar was 31 years, 10 months and 20 days old when he scored his 10,000th run in a Test match against Pakistan at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in 2005.COOK REACHES THE MILESTONE IN STYLEThe left-handed opening batter was 36 runs short before the start of the series. He was dismissed on 16 in the first Test against the Lankans and got out on 15 in the first innings of the second Test. Cook finally reached the mark in the second innings with a boundary off his pads and raised his bat in celebration.England declared their first innings on 498/9 and then bowled out Sri Lanka for 101. The visitors then managed to avoid the follow-on which was enforced on them and made 475 in their second innings, setting England a target of 79 for victory. England currently lead the 3-match series 1-0.Before the series Cook had said that he was eager to get to that mark as soon as possible so he can fully focus on rest of the series against Sri Lanka.”It would mean a lot and hopefully I can get there sooner rather than later so we can talk about something else,” the England captain said on the eve of the first Test.advertisementQUICKEST TO ENTER 10,000 CLUBHe has become only the 12th player and the first from England to reach the milestone, joining an elite list of players considered to be some of the greatest the game has ever seen. Cook also broke Rahul Dravid’s record of being the quickest to reach 10,000 runs in terms of the number of days from debut.”It’s a big milestone in terms of the people who have done it previously so it would be great to try and score these 36 runs. I’ve just got to put that to bed… and try and do what I’ve done in the previous 10 years, which is just try and concentrate on that ball coming down and nothing else.””It will be a nice moment and you get to join an elite band of Test cricketers,” Cook told BBC Test Match Special. “Those guys are far better batter than me.”West Indian legend Brian Lara was the quickest to reach 10,000 Test runs. Playing in his 111th Test, Lara took 195 innings to get there. Tendulkar and  Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara also took the same number of innings as Lara but they were playing in their 122nd and 115th Test match respectively.Here are the cricketers in the 10,000 club1.Sachin Tendulkar (India) – 15921 runs in 200 matches2.Ricky Ponting (Australia) – 13378 runs in 168 matches3.Jacques Kallis (South Africa) – 13289 runs in 166 matches4.Rahul Dravid (India) – 13288 runs in 164 matches5.Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) – 12400 runs in 134 matches6.Brian Lara (West Indies) – 11953 runs in 131 matches7.Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies) – 11867 runs in 164 matches8.Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka) – 11814 runs in 149 matches9.Allan Border (Australia) – 11174 runs in 156 matches10.Steve Waugh (Australia) – 10927 runs in 168 matches11.Sunil Gavaskar (India) – 10122 runs in 125 matches12.Alastair Cook (England) – 10000* runs in 128* matcheslast_img

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