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Cook can go past Tendulkar - Pietersen

David Hopps

June 26, 2013

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Kevin Pietersen cuts en route to a century, Yorkshire v Surrey, County Championship, Division One, Headingley, 3rd day, June, 23, 2013
Kevin Pietersen is set to make his England return after making an unbeaten 177 for Surrey last week © Getty Images
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Kevin Pietersen has marked his anticipated England comeback by boldly predicting that Alastair Cook has the ability to challenge Sachin Tendulkar's world-record number of Test runs.

Tendulkar, with 15837 Test runs, is more than 2000 ahead of his nearest rival, Ricky Ponting - and he is not quite finished yet. Cook remains 8000 adrift, although he has regularly matched Tendulkar at the same stage of his career, leaving Pietersen no doubt the record is within his compass.

Pietersen, who is expected to return for England on Thursday in the second T20 international against New Zealand, has always freely admitted that he has little knowledge of cricket history, which will be a relief to Cook, who has enough problems to deal with in managing England's Ashes campaign without being tipped to surpass the most celebrated living batsman.

Pietersen's accolade for Cook came in the second part of a pre-recorded interview with Darren Gough on Talksport - an interview which, in protest at the English media's coverage of his controversial career, he has billed as his only major pronouncement of the summer.

"His first series was against India away and we beat India," Pietersen said of Cook. "He's done exceptionally well, his cricket just keeps getting better and better.

"For me he's the right man to lead England, he's doing a great job for us and he will continue to get better and better and break every record anyone's ever set, certainly in the English game. He's on target to go for Tendulkar's numbers, if you look at the numbers and look at his age."

Pietersen also offered glowing praise for another colleague who is tipped to have a long and fruitful England career in Joe Root - not that he was overly aware who the young Yorkshireman joining England on tour for the first time in India last winter was.

"I never knew of him, I never heard of him, because when you're on the scene and young players come you just don't," he said. "But I knew that he was going to be good when he walked out to bat in Nagpur in his first Test match."

By the time Root made his debut England were 2-1 up with one Test to play and needed to avoid defeat to win their first series in India for 28 years.

"I was batting and… we just didn't want to let India back into it at all and he walked out and - just his face walking towards me for 20 metres - I thought this kid's going to be a flipping superstar.

"It was just the confidence that he walked out to bat with in his debut Test match in India, two spinners bowling, from each end, we'd just lost a wicket or a couple of wickets and he walked out with a smile on his face, and went 'All right lad, you ok, you're playing well there.' And I was like, 'Mate! I've played 90 odd Test matches and I don't walk out like that.' But it's brilliant for English cricket, absolutely brilliant."

 
 
"You go through rocky patches in every walk of life - business, marriage, as a kid, through your teenage years. In a dressing room not everyone's going to get on" Kevin Pietersen
 

Pietersen, no stranger to controversy, even expressed admiration for the way Root handled himself in the wake of the Walkabout bar incident in Birmingham in the early hours of the morning when David Warner pulled off a wig Root was wearing and, literally, threw the first punch of the Ashes summer.

According to Pietersen, the affair was exaggerated by the media - a view not shared by Cricket Australia, which quickly banned Warner until the start of the Ashes series. Root was unfazed, though.

"He knew the media were going to be on him all day and he'd had a haircut - he looked sharp! I think he knows how to deal with it," Pietersen said. "I saw him that day and he couldn't believe what was being made of it, but welcome to English cricket and welcome to how the media works."

Specifically referring to Wisden's assessment of Pietersen as "arrogant, self-pitying and isolated", Gough drew attention to the fact that Pietersen's relationship with the English media is now as unhealthy as with any player since Tony Greig conspired on behalf of Kerry Packer's breakaway World Series Cricket in the 1970s.

Pietersen responded: "I've been burnt too many times and it's just a case of me now concentrating on my cricket and playing my cricket as best I can because that whole situation hurt my family too much. I get it all day every day.

"Somebody asked me yesterday, 'Can you take some constructive criticism?' I said, 'Excuse me? You're talking to somebody who has it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.' So it doesn't affect me, it's water off a duck's back now. I have absolutely no interest in it but it hurt my family and my best mates.

"You go through rocky patches in every walk of life - business, marriage, as a kid, through your teenage years. In a dressing room not everyone's going to get on and I know you had altercations in your dressing room.

"I know some other great players who I speak to in other countries when I hear the things that go on in other dressing rooms now and it happens, it's going to happen. Unfortunately it was quite a famous fall out because of what happened but, no, everything's absolutely fantastic, we showed that in India the way we got on and played well and beat India in India.

"I just want to get the best out of my talent. I just live for each day, I play each day. I go out and try new things. I've got that personality, that impatient personality, that wants to try things, wants to do things, wants to achieve things and I'll never stop trying."

Pietersen also has ambitions to follow the footballer David Beckham and his wife Victoria into the fashion industry. "These last three months that I've been injured I've had quite a bit of time on my hands to sort the business side of life out," he said. "I am heavily involved in a clothing company and a footwear company in India. I've got some different stuff, other things on the horizon that I'm negotiating, talking about and signing off."

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Posted by   on (July 1, 2013, 17:59 GMT)

In fact it was an interesting comment made by KP. I think KP is right and it is statistically possible in a country like England which plays more tests than any other format of the game. The following are the reasons. 1) England plays more tests than India-Tendulkar had played 327 test innings over 24 years career span while Cook had played 163 innings in 7 years. By doing this he had actually made up for the relatively late start for his carrier than Tendulkar (age 16 vs Age 22). 2) Cook is an opener and hardly plays down the order. So he has every chance of scoring runs in both innings of a match. Tendulkar played down the order for number of matches. 3) Cook doesn't bowl and field mostly in the slips cordon - Tendulkar bowls in ODIs and TESTS so he had to sit out for number of games due to injuries. Cook has less chances of getting injured. 4) Cook even loses his captaincy, it is going to better his performances batting wise. 5) Peak age for batting is between 28-35. Cook is 28

Posted by stringbok on (June 29, 2013, 8:26 GMT)

I sense a bit of hyperbole here. I did not hear the interview but assume KP has been quoted accurately. In which case whilst he said ' he will....break every record anyone's ever set, he then qualified this by saying' certainly in the English game'. In terms of Sachin he said' He's on target to go for Tendulkar's numbers, if you look at the numbers and look at his age." which is a reasonable comment and a long way from saying he will do it. But then a headline that read' KP says Cook is very good' doesn't make such good copy.

Posted by hkiran1 on (June 29, 2013, 6:59 GMT)

He might make the runs as he likely to get challenged by only the SA pace battery. When you look at Sachins record you see bowling packs get destroyed by him like wise by Grt Lara. He will remain a batsmen who will at the most, raise feeling in the Bowlers mind similar to that by Rahul Dravid(Damn, i will have to bowl and bowl and bowl... )

Posted by   on (June 29, 2013, 4:18 GMT)

Yes KP may be right in his opinion, but i will say that alistair cook is very lucky not to face Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath,Muthaih Muralidharan, Saqlain Mushtaq, Wasim Akram, Imran Khan Courtney Walsh and Curtley Ambrose, Ian Botham and Sir Richard Hadlee. But the legend scored these runs against all these legendary bowlers...

Posted by y4yoga on (June 28, 2013, 15:21 GMT)

Nice comments by KP. He has all the rights to give those comments. But the fact if you look back at sachin's career, it would be a nightmare for any current test cricketer to surpass sachin. Infact If you closely observe. sachin had some breaks such as injury and " rest" in some test matches. If those had not happen sachin would already had have another 40 Tests plus 3000 odd runs. Cook is just 28 now. Every cricketer including Cook( "Virat Kholi" in this case as some people compare with ODI's) has to through a " Lean patch" in his career called "form"and "injury". and more over I don't think he will play after 36. So its very clear. May be he can surpass Punter which is a possible one But one to go through Sachin must be sachin Himself. I don't find as such anyone now. May be born somewhere or yet to be born. I believe Sachin's record of test centuries and Runs will last more than 50-75 Years( may be 100). Records are created to be broken, but certain records are created to admire.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 15:08 GMT)

Sachin has records with great consistency except for the year when he had an elbow injury and after 2011. To keep such an average after all these years either in one day matches or tests is almost impossible in this modern era. For any of the current players to keep such an outstanding form for many years seem very unlikely. With current changing trends of cricket and fastness of the game I seriously doubt if anybody can withstand in international cricket after 35 years of age. All hard working talented cricketers can not be Sachin. Sachin is gifted, he is loved by the whole cricket world unlike any other batsman and there are many reasons for it. If any one can come close to him thats a good thing for cricket and to people like us who can enjoy cricket again.

Posted by H_Z_O on (June 28, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

@jay57870 yep. What makes Sachin special isn't the numbers. It's the man. He's an icon, a man who's carried the hopes and dreams of a billion people every time he's gone out to bat, and yet never made it seem like a burden, as he effortlessly faced the very best bowlers the world has ever seen. Even after 23 years of international cricket, he still plays with the same boyhood love of the game, as if it's not a job to him but a pleasure. He wants to win, of course, but he wants to enjoy himself, and entertain the fans at the same time. And it's that spirit, of fun and enjoyment, that inspires so many and creates such a fervent following among his fans. Sachin still, two decades after his debut, embodies the joy of the game many of us felt playing it while growing up. He still carries himself like that 18 year old that walked out at the WACA to face Merv Hughes and Craig McDermott on a venomously fast pitch. It doesn't matter what records get broken, there will only be one Tendulkar.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (June 28, 2013, 12:42 GMT)

Tendulkar is like one of those batteries with double the life of any of the others on the market. Whatever he has is just that much better.

Posted by jay57870 on (June 28, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

David - KP also proclaimed last year that Tendulkar is the "greatest ever" to have played the game of cricket! So when KP says "Cook can go past Tendulkar", he must be taken seriously. Yes, it's statistically possible for Cook to cross Sachin's Test runs. Cliche: records are meant to be broken, right? As for Sachin, he couldn't care less. For him it's only his youthful "passion" for cricket that's kept him going - and reinventing himself - for 23+ years. That's what sets him apart: his phenomenal Staying Power! His physical endurance & mental toughness: to play through pain & injury; rebound from slumps & fatigue; handle adversity & crises; and face constant scrutiny of media & public worldwide. Add to it: his humility, integrity & character. Tendulkar is the world-class benchmark! The obsession is universal. TIME Magazine proclaims: "We have had champions ... legends, but we have never had another Sachin Tendulkar and we never will"! That's the challenge, alas, Alastair Cook faces!!

Posted by H_Z_O on (June 28, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

Btw, those talking about Virat Kohli taking Sachin's ODI record; centuries, maybe, but not runs. At 24 Sachin had 6522 runs with 14 hundreds. Kohli has 4230 runs with 13 hundreds. Nobody's even close to Sachin's run record, not sure we'll ever see that beaten. There was a time when ODIs used to be the main money-spinner for boards but now T20s are. Even the subcontinental boards, where ODI cricket is most popular, generally schedule ODIs instead of Tests, but would rather schedule a 5 match ODI series with 2 T20s than a 7 match ODI series. Kohli's the closest to having a shot, though, and could well end up with more ODI centuries than Sachin if he keeps up his current form. Big fan of his, actually, and I'm an England fan.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 11:07 GMT)

What Tendulkar has been doing, is not from this era. People who have started playing after him have retired and now comment on his matches while he bats. If Cook can survive that long he may have a chance. But no one has survived that long. My money is on Tendulkar.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 10:19 GMT)

True KP, but only in his dreams..People can say whatever they want to but putting into practice makes a difference. Lot being said about breaking Sachin's records, but all this can happen only in their dreams...sad but true..Keep scrapping.

Posted by ilamdream on (June 28, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

KP does what he always does! Lets have this conversation if Cook is still plaing after 7 years. While I would love to see someone go over Sachin in my lifetime, I'm afraid I haven't seen him yet. Anybody who would beat Sachin would be 19 something and setting the world on fire already as it needs time & longevity to get there. Cook may still get to SRT on tests, but what about the other mountain of runs in ODIs. He is one of the best modern day/current players, but not an 'all time best' yet. Cricinfo - do you publish all comments? or just the ones deemed good? If it's the later then reconsider cos we are then doing your job! (from somebody who has NEVER had a comment published!)

Posted by ShankStar on (June 28, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

Well said sir (Orko Momin)!!! Spot on!!!

I respect KP's view, but I don't completely agree here is what I would like to share...

In my view...There are many players in the cricketing history who have played as good as Sachin Tendular during peak of their career, however longevity with consistency that Sachin displayed and maintained fir a while now will be quite challenging for any players in the current era.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 9:26 GMT)

I think Cook in tests and Virat Kholi in ODIs.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

All right Mr. Pietersen ! As per current record based forecast Cook MIGHT overtake Sachin in Test Cricket...but the only difference is, Sachin has achieved milestones parallely in ODI & TEST Cricket ....Cook has performed only in test cricket :)

Posted by H_Z_O on (June 28, 2013, 9:08 GMT)

@Sandeep Salunkhe thank you for one of the most well-reasoned comments on the thread. I can't believe it didn't get featured. As you demonstrated there are plenty of stats throughout their careers that show that Cook got records in less time than Sachin but in more innings (and also at a worse average than the little master). It's clear from that who the more talented player is. Sachin at his best was just batting perfection. Cook is not only less attractive to watch but he rarely looks dominant. If anything I think that might be what stops him getting the record. I'm not sure Cook will survive when his form dips as well as Tendulkar has done. Bowlers were always afraid that Sachin was one good innings away from his dominant best and that can help you ride out those rough periods. Also helps keep you mentally strong (which Sachin's always been). I can see a bad run of form making Cook nervous again.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

Well, Pietersen, has all the rights to say this and we have also come to numerous quotes about surpassing Sachin records from other nation too..It's Good to Dream But I Bet Everyone Cann't Be God of Cricket and it's nuisance to compare the Great Sachin Tendulkar with any other Cricketer, Coz there are two types of Cricketer One is Sachin and the others fall in the second group...!!!

Posted by Gladkick on (June 28, 2013, 7:13 GMT)

Ok guys, this is what I feel. Anyone can break SRT's records. May be possible and may be not. But, the point is that as a human being, there is a vast difference between the sentimental values of SRT and the rest of the batsmen. The most happiest feelings you have when SRT plays, the class he possess, the elegance of stroke play, the context of the innings, the challenges he faced, the way he dominated the attack and took it to them, the gentlemanly and down to earth personality, great sportsmanship, the love we feel for cricket and the joy he brings us, the goosebumps....and you can keep on listing many things. Can any other player give this to us and make us feel the same??? Never... This is what makes SRT a special person. This is the reason why there are only two kinds of batsmen. There is SRT and there is the rest of the batsmen. This is too a record!!!

Posted by test_cricket_lover on (June 28, 2013, 7:08 GMT)

Cook, Pietersen. No of Tests played: 92, 94. No of innings: 163, 161. Runs: 7524, 7499. Average: 49.17, 49.01. The difference in all of these is perhaps only around 2 percent. But look at the striking rate: Cook 47.54, Pietersen 62.76. Pietersen's is about 30 percent more than Cook. If you compare the sixes, Pietersen has hit about 600 percent more sixes. It all says one thing: Pietersen attacks violently, Cook attacks too...but silently. Then why not KP for Sachin's record? Pietersen, who celebrated his 33rd birthday yesterday is currently about 5 years older than Cook, but the debut difference between them is just 8 months. That's the major advantage Cook has. With 10 Tests against Australia in the next 6 months, I expect these two batsmen, who are in fine form and who are natural at Test cricket, to amass tons of runs. Surely Sachin's is not unreachable by Cook.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 6:50 GMT)

It all depends on how Sachin's going to be on SA tour ...if he gets his rhythm back thn he can make it count!!!!and his hunger @ appetite for runs as we know may just make him continue till AUS tour thn it will make more difficult for Cook....As far as Cook goes he has the best chance to break Sachin's record but if me makes it thn he will probably go down in history as the greatest batsman after Sir Don & Sachin!!!!!

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 6:49 GMT)

Records are meant to be broken and someone will break Sachin's record if the game of cricket is played in all the 3 formats with the same periodicity intensity and passion. Cook has been amazingly consistent no doubt but is definitely not in the same class of Sachin Kallis Lara Dravid Sanga Mahela etc. At best he could be compared with Chanders who is also a terrific player. Great players mentioned above have maintained average of 50 plus almost throughout their career( Mahela has slumped a bit ). Other players grew into their average and here lies the deceptivity of statistics.

Posted by Laqshya on (June 28, 2013, 6:43 GMT)

The USP of Sachin is he played 24 years test cricket where as Cook play only 8 years and will play another 4-5 years in this period if he will score 1500 runs in every calendar year than also it is impossible, and Sachin is going to play next 3-5 test matches it means in 2014 he will score another 500 plus runs, Cook will not broke Sachin most number of Runs and 100's record - Sorry Cook

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 6:14 GMT)

Dreaming is no crime at all...infact sometimes they might help you to achieve something better then present....but again not all dreams come true ;)

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 5:43 GMT)

And just one more thing - Considering SRT's many other attributes his records may be said to be written with a golden pen.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 5:38 GMT)

The "thing" is that we seem to prefer that Records belong to the "right" people. That's the crux of the issue. Given that the all-time average is forever taken by one DGB, almost all other individual records in Tests are held by either SRT or the remaining by BCL...And for most cricket fans there is some sort of poetic justice in this.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 5:30 GMT)

The USP of Sachin is his adaptive quality..time and again he has changed his batting style to counter the consequences of his injury and ageing body..one thing that I can assure is that if Sachin did not have the back injury and/or the tennis elbow, he'd have reached 20000 by now..specially the back injury which just completely took away so many shots for which he used to just stand and hit straight over the fast bowlers' heads, not to mention the pull towards cow-corner(he's come up with his special shot over the slips)..and then the tennis elbow has affected his drives..although he's still very good in the covers, he doesn't play the cover-drive any more..he has adapted to beautifully play the punch through the same region, a shot that requires more control than the cover-drive..if Cook is extremely lucky to survive for 10 more years without any injuries and/or slump in form, he can do it..but then that doesn't sound realistic, does it?

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 5:22 GMT)

Cook will break Sachin's Test records and Kohli will break his ODI records. As simple as that.

Posted by hkiran1 on (June 28, 2013, 5:03 GMT)

@She Burgs Please refer to Indian wickets as difficult spinning wickets where batsmen visiting finds it difficult to bat; hence India's Formidable record at home. Had these wickets been flat, every time a test happens in India it will be a Draw. Indian batsmen are much skilled in playing spin variations traditionally compared to visiting batsmen similar to the way English men are in playing swing. Bowling spin and playing it well is as much skill as that of bowling and playing swing. I would think spinners are often at a disadvantage as they often comes to bowl in Indian conditions after batsmen gets well set unlike in English conditions where swing bowlers like Anderson get to have a go at the tentative batsmen from the first ball itself.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 4:48 GMT)

Kallis with an average of 56 on the wrong-side of the age will himself find it difficult to catch upto Tendulkar. Shivnarine Chanderpaul with his amazing consistency might go past Brian Lara to end up us the highest run getter for WI. To me, Cook needs to average around 60 to get past Tendulkar and that is herculean! The only player who could challenge or come close to beating Tendulkar's run aggregate might be Virat Kohli for his consistency. But with the dwindling number of Tests being played out, I see no threat to Tendulkar's record! Cook though might end being the highest run getter for England.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 4:23 GMT)

To Break sachin's record COOK has COOK a Minimum of 1000 test runs each for the next 8 years and the 9th year[Cook will 37 by then] he can break sachin's record......im not saying it is impossible but its gonna be very very hard work for COOK to break the masters Record................for the statistics sachin scored 15837 with an average of 53....and cook is currently at 47.+ .....Let c what is gonna happen....GUYS dont forget still Master is playing in the test arena :)

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 3:25 GMT)

Nothing is impossible!!! If Any batsmen played 22 years they can compile enormous amount of runs. Look at Mahela! not a good batsmen at all. but passed 10,000 runs in test cricket. With 16 years of cricket and experience he scored those runs. He score triple hundreds and double hundreds in Sri Lankan flat pitches,only in Sri Lankan pitches. That puts his average on the top. He did not do much in South African and Aussie pitches. Determination and time all you need. Also do not forget to be good with the management and coaches. If they helps you to stay in the team, even in your struggling rusty period, you can get there. Do not forget in sub-continent you need some POLITICAL HAND under the bench as well.

Posted by GrtIndia_Ann on (June 28, 2013, 3:17 GMT)

@SheBurgs: Tendulkar played only on flat tracks? He milked Australian and English bowlers on their own pitches...go check stats dude...He averges mid 50s in England and Australia...Check stats before you make such comments

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 2:55 GMT)

He is right. Indian fan here but i think cook is already miles ahead of Tendulkar because whenever he scores his team wins, besides he has proved himself in all the conditions, and age is also in his side.

Cook is a legend in making, mark my words.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 2:52 GMT)

Cook will overtake Tendulkar just due to the sheer number of Test matches England play as a team, and of course because is talented. For e.g. to reach 5000 test runs Tendulkar took 9 years and 93 days, Cook took only 4 years and 308 days. However, Tendulkar played only 103 innings in that time, Cook played 115 innings. it took Tendulkar 17 innings to get to 6000, Cook took 16 innings. Tendulkar took almost 2 more years and only 16 more innings to reach 7000, Cook took 20 innings but less than a year to get to 7000 from 6000. Its obvious who is more talented, but statistically Cook can get past Tendulkar.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 2:46 GMT)

Stop ..............talking stats...........time will tell us within 2-3 years...b'coz now a days test are playing in less numbers as T20 is more.........i guess no comp...in between...........

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 2:22 GMT)

You have 10 more years to go past Mr.Tendulkar's record..with current form and fitness in assumption..That's one helluva challenge to you Mr.cook ..Tendulkar not at his best for atleast 5 years in his career and Cook at his best for past 3 and half years.. still needs 10 years .. " God's stupidity is man's Intelligence".

Posted by WonkyBail on (June 28, 2013, 1:49 GMT)

Navin Kumar on (June 27, 2013, 15:41 GMT) I don't really get your vague point,"even if he play against bangladesh in the away condition will be hard for him so don't predict so early" . He has just toured India (presumably your country) and scored 562 runs at an average of 80 with 3 centuries and that is an opener, he has scored 5 centuries against India of which 4 were in India, and averages over 55 against them. SRT has been an excellent batsman but to say he can not be compared is asinine and childish, I notice people now throwing ODI record into the mix, that is another matter and not what KP stated. He opens against the new ball and is captain so he offer s lot more to a team than merely being a batsman, his record is actually improving as he ages whereas SRT gradually decreased; If my memory serves me right Goochie scored far more runs post 30 than in his 20's so who knows. And a point to remember Cook never said this or compared himself to Bradman (that was B. McCullum).

Posted by sguha on (June 28, 2013, 1:31 GMT)

It is highly improbable for Cook to cross 15000 runs in test cricket. Tendulkar started at an early age but he has also been very consistent. Otherwise he couldn't have maintained an average of 53 after so many tests. He also scored more than 1000 runs in a calendar year for a record 6 times. Cook is playing well at the moment but the law of averages will catch up with him too. If anyone is likely to cross Sachin's record, it would be Jacque Kallis. Also for the record Sachin has 8000 plus runs in away tests.

Posted by Fan01 on (June 28, 2013, 1:04 GMT)

Here is the away game averages...This is to prove ppl who says Sachin is flat Track bully..This will tell who is the top batsmen(i have considered SA,Eng & Aus since they are the best bowling unit for last 2 decades)

Tendulkar - 53.20 against Australia Tendulkar - 54.31 against England Tendulkar - 46.44 against south Africa

Ponting - 46.85 against South Africa Ponting - 44.10 against England Ponting - 26.48 against India

Dravid - 43.96 against Australia Dravid - 68.80 against England Dravid - 29.71 against south Africa

Kallis - 46.84 against Australia Kallis - 35.33 against england Kallis - 58.46 against india

Lara - 43.27 against Australia Lara - 46.72 against SA in SA Lara - 48.76 against England Lara - 33 against India in India

sanga - 60.33 against Aus sanga - 30.58 against eng sanga - 35.75 against SA sanga - 36.5 against Ind

J'wdene - 31.42 against Aus J'wdene - 34.11 against Eng J'wdene - 27.87 against SA J'wdene - 62.8 against Ind

Posted by ajetti on (June 28, 2013, 0:53 GMT)

Cook is a good batsman, a very good one. For him to get to Tendulkar's run tally or surpass it he will have to transcend to a higher plane - be a great batsman, not "just" a very good one. How many people in the game have made 8000+ runs in tests in their career? About 20. So for Cook to surpass Tendulkar he will have to play the equivalent of a whole career of an extremely good batsman! This after scoring 7500+ runs so far in his career. Will he remain in form for the next half of his career (assuming only half of his career is complete now. I think it is close to 2/3 now)? And not to forget, Sachin's tally hasn't ended yet. It will very soon. I doubt if the master will add another 1000 runs to his tally. Time will tell. It always does.

Posted by Fan01 on (June 28, 2013, 0:33 GMT)

@She Burgs - Get your facts right..Sachin averages more than 53 in Australia & England

Posted by flavamonkey on (June 28, 2013, 0:15 GMT)

Bowling full length to Cook seems to be the best way at this point to cut down his runs and get him out.

Posted by QTS_ on (June 27, 2013, 23:11 GMT)

This is excessive prognosis - 8000 runs are a long way to go. On the up side, England play more Tests than any other team. However, even so, only Gooch has come close to 9000 runs, playing up to the age of 40. Cook has had a tremendous period from December 2010, but remember that in mid-2010, he came close to being dropped. There will come another blip and extrapolations will change then.

The more plausible speculation is whether Kallis can surpass Tendulkar.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 22:58 GMT)

@She Burgs I suggest you check Tendulkar's away record before you comment. Please see his below record in overseas. He averages and has more centuries away than in home. If Indian pitches are that flat then why does every team struggle in India?

away 1989-2012 106 176 17 8705 248* 54.74 29 36 10

Posted by H_Z_O on (June 27, 2013, 22:56 GMT)

@zxaar I'm sorry, but I think extrapolating from innings is a flawed methodology. It's certainly a fairer comparison, but I don't think it's as accurate a place to base your extrapolation on.

You're right, there is no guarantee that Cook will play the same number of matches as Tendulkar has. There's no guarantee about any of it. But the number of innings in a player's career is dictated by how strong the rest of their side is. If you're in a strong team you may only bat once, score big, and bowl the other side out twice. Even if you're in good form and fitness, you don't get to bat again.

I agree that even if Cook does get to the record (and I've said before, I don't think he will) doing it in more innings (not to mention the quality of bowling Tendulkar faced was much higher) would make it less of an achievement than Sachin's, but I never said otherwise. And I still don't think Cook will do it, like you said, there's no guarantee Cook maintains this form. Sachin's longevity is rare.

Posted by kc69 on (June 27, 2013, 21:58 GMT)

Frankly, I Really don't think so. Alistair cook is an amazing batsman and has got the flair of a left hander. Indeed he is a high quality player and top notch batsmen for England but numbers speak otherwise Sachin has played test cricket for 32 years and piled up 15837 runs in 327 innings(Average 53.86) and Cook has played 10 years of test cricket with 7524 runs in 163 innings(Average 49.17). So even if he plays for another 10 years(28+10) and plays with same form he will end up short, which is also highly unlikely because of fitness problems and the amount of test cricket that is played these days.Moreover there is a huge difference between both as Sachin is a middle order batsman(#4) rather than an opener like cook,Hence I believe it will remain as a dream for anyone to beat SRT's records.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 21:56 GMT)

I think KP is right. Any good batsmen( mind u good form and not great batsmen) with the present scenario can pass sachin record. Simple with the bowling attack losing its class now a days. it is possible. Sachin scored against the greats and there is always a difference even cook come close to sachin. I wish cook could have played against the greats bowling teams in 90's and till 2005 may be. mcgrath, warne, etc...murali, vaas etc...waqar, akram etc, ambrose, walsh, malcom, etc,

Posted by zxaar on (June 27, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

@H_Z_O , there is no right way to do it, your saying that my way is better shows you that you are not open to other people's ideas. As far as test matches is concerned that is defnitely not a proper way to look at things. The reason being there is no gurrantee that Cook will ever play same number of matches as Tendulkar did. So there goes your way of comparing. With the innings at least we are talking about IF Cook got chance to play equal number of times , hypothically where will he be compared to Tendulkar. That is the only thing that sound fair when comparing. Also just because he is playing like this there is no gurantee that he will always be playing like this. Tendulkar was averaging 57 that time, now he does not.

Posted by JG2704 on (June 27, 2013, 19:47 GMT)

@gsingh7 on (June 26, 2013, 21:28 GMT)

My point was that Sachin had a head start on Cook because he started playing for his country at such an early age and that's because he developed into a world class player at an earlier age. I think Cook has a long way to go before he's up there with the modern greats

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

Tendulkar failed later years!! If Cook do not fail in next ten years he can surpass Tendulkar. But i don't think so. Because ECB looking for fresh players for the team in years to come. not like BCCI. India kept the same players in the team for 21 years. Its not happening in other teams in the world. Ponting would have done it too. But management pressurize to QUIT. Tendulkar played most tests in FLAT wickets in the sub-continent. Tendulkar scored more runs in India to keep his average. Indian batting pitches were heaven for HIM. Cook does not have that chance. Cook need more tours in sub-continent as well. He a Good player. i hope ECB will keep him for until Tendulkar's retirement age of 38.

Posted by MVRMurty on (June 27, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

There are some records which only can be used as an AIM/GOAL for a cricketer. Cook is just half way through, he needs luck to play test cricket for next 8-10 years, has to maintain fitness to play for the next 8-10 years consistently keeping this average. I dont say it is impossible, but it is highly likely that he will go any close to 13000 runs, forget about 15000 runs. If he can become the second highest run getter, then he can think of reaching Tendulkar's record(which is a moving target). Many debated about Ponting and Kallis surpassing Tendulkar a few years ago, but they are far behind. Few years ago some Indian fans thought, Sehwag would score 10000 runs in test cricket, but it does not look like it would happen. Nothing wrong is setting a goal.

Posted by venuc1 on (June 27, 2013, 18:51 GMT)

You can extrapolate numbers but not the ambition, drive and tenacity. Records are always broken in cricket but it takes a truly Herculian effort to beat Sachin Tendulkar's records. For one thing, he started very young and barring one year's "rest" due to tennis elbow, he was playing almost continuously. Alistair Cook had an incredible run in Tests but statistically speaking, it is highly improbable that the run would continue.

Posted by souravkr on (June 27, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

If Cooky can get there, it'll be a massive achievement not just because of the magnanimity of the record, but having achieved it playing half his tests in England, one of the more bowler-friendly places around the world.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

I think the only reason why Cook might be able to break Tendulkars record will be the fact that England play the most Test matches in a year. More then any other country playing test cricket. Cook has played almost as many test matches as Tendulkar played in 14 yrs. Also Cook seems to be super fit, hence less prone to injuries.

Posted by sgbhatcar on (June 27, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

When Kevin Pietersen started out, I thought he would be there too, competing for all the records. But then all his troubles came in the way.

Posted by H_Z_O on (June 27, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

@zxaar innings are a terrible way to measure that! Cook had 163 innings in 92 matches, Tendulkar's 163rd innings was in his 102nd match.

Some matches you'll only bat once, others you'll bat twice. That's largely dictated by the quality of the rest of the team, and partly by your batting position. If you're chasing a small target in the fourth, your opener will bat, your number 4 might not.

Number of matches is a better gauge and as I pointed out earlier, in 93 matches Sachin had 7869 runs with 29 centuries. Cook's got 7524 runs with 25 centuries in 92 matches.

The number of innings might be a factor when considering the "greatness" of any achievements (and as has been said before, Sachin faced better bowlers so his is already a greater achievement, and Cook's not even got there yet!) but that's all.

Posted by H_Z_O on (June 27, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

For the record, a few of the other names mentioned in the comments and their records at the same age:

Smith: 6769 runs with 20 centuries and 26 half centuries.

Kallis: 5967 runs with 16 centuries and 31 half centuries.

Ponting: 5461 runs with 19 centuries and 21 half centuries.

Amla: 4464 runs with 14 centuries and 23 half centuries.

Clarke: 4375 runs with 14 centuries and 18 half centuries.

Lara: 4550 runs with 10 centuries and 23 half centuries.

Dravid: 4257 runs with 9 centuries and 23 half centuries.

Of course what has made the likes of Dravid, Lara, Kallis and Sachin himself get to their lofty records is their consistency well into their 30s, so Cook will have to keep maintaining (if not improving) his form, which will be easier said than done. But it's worth looking at the numbers before you dismiss this comment as "ridiculous".

Posted by zxaar on (June 27, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

I will just throw a fact, today as I write this Cook has batted 163 innings making 7524 runs and 25 hundreds average of 49. At the same stage when tendulkar batted 163 innings he scored 8499 runs with average of 57 with 30 hundreds. So if Cook could play same number of innings as Tendulkar he will be well short of Tendulkar's mark.

Posted by H_Z_O on (June 27, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

@sgbhatcar no, at 28 Sachin didn't have 10,000 runs to his name, although he did have more runs (and more centuries) than Cook. He had 7869 runs in 93 matches with 29 centuries and 31 fifties:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/35320.html?agemax1=28;ageval1=age;class=1;filter=advanced;orderby=default;template=results;type=batting

Cook has 7524 runs in 92 matches with 25 centuries and 29 fifties.

A lot of people have mentioned Sachin starting at 16 but I think the more important age is when he retires. He's already 40. While Cook hasn't paid the price for the late start to his career, the question remains, will he be able to last the course as long as Tendulkar? Sachin's not done yet. Will Cook still be playing at 40? Who knows?

For anyone who's curious, Sachin was a month short of 32 when he got to 10,000:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/35320.html?agemax1=31;ageval1=age;class=1;filter=advanced;orderby=start;template=results;type=batting;view=cumulative

Posted by Shan156 on (June 27, 2013, 17:20 GMT)

@Virag Shinde, oh yes, if he were playing for any other team, he would have been dropped a while back. Of course, I was among the few who thought that India needs Sachin in SA but now, looking at India's young and talented players, I think that India may not need him after all.

Posted by shreikers on (June 27, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

Despite being the excellent player he is, given the demands of the game today, surpassing Sachin's record of highest test runs would be a very tough task for Cook. Comparatively he has opened an innings more than Sachin at the same stage which has culminated in accumulating runs but to last another 8 to 10 years is a staggering ask. He has a very good shot of surpassing Sachin's number of centuries though. In today's date, if he maintains good fitness and temperament, Virat Kohli has a good shot at Sachin's record number of runs.

Posted by Shan156 on (June 27, 2013, 17:14 GMT)

@Punjabi Munda, not sure if KP underestimated Cook but you have definitely misunderstood KP. KP does not compare Cook with SRT. He merely says that Cook has a chance to break SRT's test records. To those who claim that it is impossible, well, nothing is impossible though it might be improbable. And, who says that Cook has not endured a lean patch in his career. He went through a tough time in 2008 and although he scored 8 50s, he did not get a single 100. Again in 2010, he failed against Bangladesh at home and then failed again for 2 and a half tests against Pak and was likely to be dropped before he redeemed himself with a ton in the Oval test. He has had a glorious run since then.

Posted by lobsterchampion on (June 27, 2013, 17:05 GMT)

Assuming that Cook continues to score runs at the same rate as he is current average, it will take him approximately 100 tests to get to Sachin's tally. The rate at which England plays tests, it will take another another 8 years for Cook to play those 100 tests. By that time he will be 36. Typically a batsman can play till he is 38-39 years old, so Cook has time on his side. Theoritcally yes, he can go past Sachin's tally in tests. Cook also has a great chance to play 200 tests in his career. But there are variables which have not been considered. First of all Sachin has not retired from tests, so we dont know how many more runs he will score. Secondly, people have not considered tha fact that Cook may have injuries in future which may restrict his test appearences. If that happens, it may take him more than 8 years to play those 100 odd tests that he will need to go past Sachin. Third, he may face a dip in form and may not remain the prolific scorer is currently is.

Posted by LAKingsFan on (June 27, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

Indeed Cook is the only current player who looks like challenging Sachin's test centuries/runs. But, it requires a lot of effort from here on. That's the most important thing. English players have the habit of giving up ODIs to play tests longer. Let's see if Cook does that. And, don't forget Sachin's still playing. Definitely if anyone in the current players who can do that it's only Cook.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

Everyone here does realise that Tendulkar hasnt reitred yet right .. Food for thought :)

Posted by H_Z_O on (June 27, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

I really don't understand why so many people are getting defensive. The comment was a compliment to Sachin; he's the benchmark for every batsman now, much in the same way as The Don was (and Tendulkar's been on record as saying this) for him. Just as Sachin's greatness doesn't diminish Bradman's, Cook achieving the records wouldn't diminish Sachin achieving them for the same reasons everyone's already mentioned. Sachin did it while being a brilliant ODI player, he did against the likes of McGrath, Murali, Warne, Walsh, Waqar, Wasim, Donald and Curtley. He's done it under immense pressure, he's done it while playing stylish cricket and has inspired not only current cricketers, but almost certainly will inspire ones who haven't even been born yet. There will only ever be one Tendulkar. None of that means Cook shouldn't aim to break Sachin's records; every batsman should aspire to that, and I bet Sachin himself would see it as an honour. He's already reached greatness; he's the pinnacle.

Posted by android_user on (June 27, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

kp overestimated cook' s potential .he cannot cross dravid let alone ponting and master blaster sachin.he is yet to face a lean patch in form which can derail his career. sachin is still not finished. moreover who wants to compare boring cook to near-perfection sachin's stroke play

Posted by sgbhatcar on (June 27, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

I would like to see a comparison of the two as to what each of them has achieved at a given age. By the time Tendulkar was 28, I believe he already had 10,000 runs to his credit. Tendulkar and Lara achieved it with the same number of innings. Cook might beat the record, but as many have said here, he started playing Test cricket 5 years later than Tendulkar! Also, in the broader context, one has to take into consideration the 100 International hundreds that Tendulkar has to his credit. Will Cook get to that number too?

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (June 27, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

I can see many Sachin fan went nuts over KP's comment. I think people needs to understand that he didn't say that Cook will be better than Sachin. All he said that he'll break Sachin's record in Test which is possible. In fact the way Hashim Amla is batting he can break that record too but it wont make them as good as SRT because SRT hold the record of run and 100 in both form of the game while this Batsmen can only get him in one format of the game. So Sachin is without a doubt better than these players

Posted by Retour on (June 27, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

Theoretically, talented batsmen such as Cook do have a change get the most runs in Tests. However, there is a big difference b/w "CAN" and "WILL"

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 15:41 GMT)

First cook is not match for Tendulkar , And cook hasn't played against legendary bowlers, like Ambrose, mcgrath, Murali, warne,Akram, waqar,and many more , sachin faced them and played well against them, and then the matter comes into act is consistency even at this stage also he can able to hit a century against any team, did any one noticed that 3 dropped catches of cook in the match against new zealand in champion trophy , and he scored only few in final also, i am saying that he is not in good form yet , as for the ashes australia are not a promising side to defeat england so he may score some runs in ashes but it wont continue in every game, even if he play against bangladesh in the away condition will be hard for him so don't predict so early, Last Sachin is Sachin , and Cook is only Cook so don't compare players of different era

Posted by nade123 on (June 27, 2013, 15:40 GMT)

He has a shot. He has been consistent and is a opener, which helps. More importantly, considering the declining state of good fast bowling all over the world. these days fast Bowlers are as terrible as they we have seen ever.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 15:39 GMT)

@Sajith, 7 years from now Cook will be 35 , still younger than Sachin ,ponting , Kallis , waugh or Gavaskar considering what age they played on. So, even if he does not achieve that in 7 years, but say, go past Ponting, he will still have a chance. see , this is merely scoring as many runs. KP is nowhere saying he wll surpass Sachin, as that is not the stats but lot more. The reason Sachin scored more than double as much as Don, but still few say boldly that he is better than sir don.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 15:36 GMT)

Depending on how long he wants to hang around I think Jacques Kallis has a decent chance of scoring more test hundreds than Tendulkar and like Pietersen said Cook has a good chance of scoring more test runs than Tendulkar. However it will be a while before we see someone score as many runs as Tendulkar did in ODI's and all formats of Cricket combined.

Posted by micronizer on (June 27, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

Cook seems to be doing better with TIME - SAchin needed almost 12 years to reach 7000 runs - Cook did that in less than 7 years. They are neck-and neck when you look at the number of Tests. Sachin is better when you look at the Number of Innings. But that may be a team thing. Sachin 85 Tests and 136 innings - Cook 86 Tests and 151 innings.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

Yes it could be possible, but they said the same with Lara during the early 90's, said the same with Saed Anwar & Sanath Jayasurya during the mid 90's (ODI record) ,said the same with Mathew Hayden during 2003/04 period, said the same with Ricky Ponting during the 2005/06 period, & we know they all fell short, Said the same with Jack Kallis an year ago & now we got Alistair Cook in the scenario. So Mr. Cook welcome to the endless sequence for the throne which the little master possess'.

Posted by ilamdream on (June 27, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

Yes, Cook will statistically surpass Tendulkar if that's what KP means. But then I tend to think of all the players whose shine faded in the mid 30's (Shewag, Ganguly etc). Another thing to remember, Sachin is highly regarded not just because of his # of runs but condition & opposition and how he carried the team. Also add another 15K+ ODI runs to it.

If there was going to be another Tendulkar, we would have seen him already. He would be 19 or 20 already setting the world on fire. Or 23 who is playing like Bradman for the last 3 years. While I wish for another Sachin so that I will have rest of my adult life to celebrate somebody, I know I haven't seen him yet. Till then, Dhoni is the closest I have to Sachin!!

Posted by test_cricket_lover on (June 27, 2013, 15:15 GMT)

KP is spot on! Cook is just 28 now and 8000 runs adrift is certainly very much possible. Dravid scored nearly 10000 runs after he turned 28, Cook is expected to reach this milestone if he plays for another 100 Tests. Considering the fact that England plays large number of Test matches, they'd play another 100 in the next 7-8 years. All the best for Cook and a very happy b'day to KP today. Long live Test cricket!

Posted by torsha on (June 27, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

Did Cook start to play at age 16? No.. So to be honest it's not possible for him. I also think no Indians can surpass SRT.

Posted by Humdingers on (June 27, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

He won't get the number of runs record. But will get the most number of Test centuries.

Posted by JG2704 on (June 27, 2013, 15:08 GMT)

@gsingh7 on (June 26, 2013, 21:28 GMT) You sound a little too defensive there. My point was that Sachin had a head start on Cook because he started playing for his country at such an early age and that's because he developed into a world class player at an earlier age. I think Cook has a long way to go before he's up there with the modern greats

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (June 27, 2013, 15:01 GMT)

I agree with KP-Cook has a real chance of doing it all given he has 25 tons at 27.,and has al long time to go if he stays hungry. KP too has a chance of going further if his body holds up. Keep entertaining us, KP-you're the one most want to watch,whatever Cookie's up to.

Posted by emon-28-78 on (June 27, 2013, 15:01 GMT)

Everybody are saying that Cook can go past of Sachin.I think it's not possible for Alastair,because Sachin is still playing test cricket,we have to remember it.If Sachin plays 1 or 2 years,it'll be 100% sure that Cook won't be able to break Sachin's record.And in ODI Cook isn't nowhere to Sachin.Cook should retire from ODI and concentrate in test.He made his last century in ODI at least 20-25 matches ago.He is a slow player in ODI.If he make fifty or century in a match in ODI,he forgot to make fifty for at least 7-8 match.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 14:59 GMT)

I dont mean to be a party pooper because Cook is a great player in the modern context.If he beats Sachin's record....so what? Its a mere mathematical stat and thats where all comparisons end.Different conditions,bowling attacks faced,circumstances,crowd and fan pressure,etc.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

There simply is no way the Cook can even come close to the GREAT Sachin. Cook is a fine batsman in his own right. But c'mon he is no Sachin.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

Cook is definitely best modern test batsman.I think it's rationale to say that if he goes with this consistency, he would reach Tendulkar. England plays more test than other countries which would make it possible provided if he can maintian his consistency for long which is hall mark for any great player. He already has 20+ centuries which puts him in that list.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

Man........Kohli's the Man who can beat tendulkar's record...only Indians are capable of beating highest records set by them

Posted by raddoc001 on (June 27, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

Why isn't anybody talking about SRT's ODI records? KP said that Cook will break 'all' the batting records. Shouldn't that include ODIs?

Posted by lions_rule on (June 27, 2013, 14:10 GMT)

There is a good chance Cook can pass Tendulkars feat however as age gets into him can he be consistent? As long as Cook is the captain of the English side his place in the team will be guaranteed. Once he has handed over his reins he needs to be consistent right throughout, a few poor series means he is likely to be dropped given the competitiveness of English cricket. He does have an amazing record at the age of 28 where many other cricketers reach the best time of the career past 30. He still has the time to get to the mark. Tendulkar is by far the most complete cricketer in cricket history in both Tests and One days. He can never be matched to any other cricketer.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

Does cook have a chance to go past sachin? Theoretically he has. Will he be able to maintain his current prolific form and consistency and ensure that he is injury free? He has never had a bad run so far and it remains to be seen when he is in a rut how does he come out of that. He has been successful as a captain in his short stint. When team is not doing well we will have to see how it affects his form. So a lot of things have to come together for him to go past sachin.Chance of that happening is probably but highly unlikely.Even if he goes past sachin in my book he is not in the same class as sachin,Ponting,Lara or Kallis .The one and only reason being that against what kind of bowlers did he make his runs ? How many great fast bowlers are going around these days just one as far as I am concerned Dale Steyn.What about great spinners -None.Sachin,Ponting,Lara,Kallis made runs against bowlers like Waqar,Wasim,Walsh,Ambrose,McGrath,Allan Donald,Warne ,Murali and Kumble.

Posted by KS-7 on (June 27, 2013, 13:52 GMT)

Sachin is reading this... he will play for another 2-3 yrs and make sure the record is out of Cook's reach :)... C'mon guys, cook is plain and simple boring!

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 13:49 GMT)

If Cook can do it, why not KP. Both are @ same stage of their career. - Tests, innings, averages etc. Also while it seems SRT took 24 years, they can do it in 14 years!

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

Well, Cook or any other might broke Sachin's record, but the way Sachin has achieved them cannot be replicated by any mortal. Sachin is the mount Everest to all of them. See you upfront - rest of the batsmen.

Posted by ciby on (June 27, 2013, 13:39 GMT)

I dont see Cook surpassing Tendulkar. Assuming Cook is going to play 100 Tests next 10 years he has to score 84 runs every test match. or 42 every innings

Tendulkar Batting and fielding averages Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct Tests 198 327 33 15837 248* 53.86 51 67 69 115 ODIs 463 452 41 18426 200* 44.83 21367 86.23 49 96 2016 195 140

Cook

Batting and fielding averages Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St Tests 92 163 10 7524 294 49.17 15824 47.54 25 29 864 10 82 0 ODIs 72 72 3 2681 137 38.85 3420 78.39 5 18 306 8 24 0

Posted by adkum on (June 27, 2013, 13:36 GMT)

Cook is indeed a great player and has done well so far and of course if he continues at the rate he surely has the ability to surpass Tendulkar. But it is too early to say. Many other players started off well and faded off. Tendulkar has the staying power and stayed the course. I am yet to see any player with the staying power and the consistency of him. Apart from Cook no current or recent player has shown the same level of consistency that Tendulkar has shown, When Gavaskar ruled the scene many other great players were around especially from the West Indies but none had the consistency that he displayed. Let's wait and see. It is still too early yet in Cook's career. 8000 runs calls for a lot of batting. Many players failed to reach that milestone in their entire careers.

Posted by BUSYB0Y on (June 27, 2013, 13:36 GMT)

He has the ability alright, but the question is "can" he? Probably not.. 8000 is a big difference... He has to play consistently for so many years to come.. time will tell us..

Posted by ProdigyA on (June 27, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

Theoratically, very much possible. Why just Cook anybody with the skill can surpass SRT but practically, mmm not so much.

Posted by Rakesh641988 on (June 27, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

As according to Recent Form Of Cook It Looks Pssible That He may Surpass Tendulkars Test Runs... But Its only according to his recent form. Its so much difficult to continue ur recent from for Near About 7 to 8 years and dont forget that Sachin Hasn't retired yet..Who Knows He may Cross 16000 Mark Also..Every record made in history of cricket is breakable but some of the record are really tough to break and u need something special to acheive it. If Cook Can surpass Sachin then I Declare that one day Virat kohli will surpass sachins ODI runs..He Has Just Played 100 Odd matches and Allready Has 4000+ runs And 13 Century Under his belt...

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

Why do we need comparission. Does it serve any purpose.

Posted by Deanwsmith on (June 27, 2013, 13:15 GMT)

This will be a funny article to read in 5 years time...

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

KP has to learn, one thing at a time. Let Cook cross one record at a time. He has to go past Gooch, Gavaskar, Border,Dravid, Lara, Ponting and the last being Sachin. Let Cook come close to Ponting and then aspire to cross the records of Sachin, because Ponting and Sachin are more than 200 runs apart.

Posted by wolf777 on (June 27, 2013, 13:09 GMT)

Oh well, let's see........

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (June 27, 2013, 13:06 GMT)

@Posted by on (June 27, 2013, 12:40 GMT), that depends, at an average of 14 tests per year, leading to 24 innings per year for the next 8 years, that will be 192 additional innings.

Lest be pessimistic and say cooks average is 43 over the next 8 years, thats another 8200 runs, on top of his existing 7500 runs, that 15700, its very tight.

at say an average of 20 innings per year and an average of 45 thats 7200 runs, so you could be looking at somewhere in the region of 14,000 runs for cook.

The issue is how long will SRT continue to play test cricket, its probably that SRT could get to 16.5K runs or more, the imponderable questions are how long will cook play for and how many games will cook miss.

We wont know until Cook reaches the end of his career.

Posted by Happy_hamster on (June 27, 2013, 13:06 GMT)

AltafPatel on (June 27, 2013, 6:14 GMT) I would agree Amla is as likely or unlikely, depending on if you're Indian or not, to score more runs than SRT but Clarkes back problems are likely to shorten his career I fear

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

I am an Indian and naturally I am a die hard fan of Sachin Tendulkar. I also do not want anyone to break SRT's test records but come on.. Anyone with talent can break a record.

Cook has been a phenomenal player over last few years so if he keep on playing like that it would be perfectly possible that SRT's record will be broken. I think Amla is also another player who is capable of same feat...

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 12:51 GMT)

Cook is on track to score a lot of runs, there are some facets other people have looked at: number of tests are on a decline. But there is a bigger and more relevant dimension to this debate. It is entirely unfair to compare tendulkar's record to that of cook. 1. since tendulkar debut in tests india has played 215 tests whereas england has played 278 2. since cook's debut india has played 79 to englands' 93. 3. interestingly between similar period at start of sachin's career 1991-1998 (difference of 7 years and 2 months, cooks current cricket age) India played just 50 tests. What I'm coming to is that the argument of less tests falls flat, and it is instead in BIG favor of cook. England plays more tests=more records for their players, test format. Please excuse me for sounding too harsh on them, but those are the facts. Had india played as many tests for last 24 years like england doing in last 7 years, Tendulkar would have had played 300 test, with 23000 runs. Beat That.

Posted by subbass on (June 27, 2013, 12:51 GMT)

Well if you take into account the fact Sachni plays on roads for 50% of the time he needs to only get close to 'really' be the best. I'm sure he will overtake Ponting anyway.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 12:40 GMT)

his average is only 49 . its only likely to get worse . and he will have to play till he is 80 .

Posted by whippingBails on (June 27, 2013, 12:33 GMT)

Cook may surpass Tendulkar and Tendulkar may even surpass himself who knows and who can predict for sure.?? What I do know is that KP is a class player and people in India cheer for him whatever team he is playing. He says it as it is and plays his cricket hard and fair. We love him for that. However I will be the happiest when Dhoni's team comes to England and beat them in a Test series in England. I know Tendulakr will be more happy about that and will gladly give up his record to Cook or anyone for that matter!!

Posted by DaisonGarvasis on (June 27, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

Yes Cook has matched Tendulkar for the runs scored so far. And Cook has had a great run so far. Now, Cook will "match" the rough patch Tendulkar had. Tendulkar's talent was such that though the form suffered the "numbers" did not decline. Cook has two challenges to match to surpass Tendulkar - 1) Maintain the numbers even through lean patches just like Sachin did and 2) Try and "match" Sachin after the 15th year of his career to lets say 24th year of the career - That will come if Cook has a career longer than 15 years!!! No selector in India dare drop Sachin no matter what his form. Let's see if England selectors give Cook that liberty after say, 2 years of lean patch. Had Sachin sustained his form of the 90's through out the 24 years, he would have scored 35,000 runs in tests. But the fact is he can not have a purple patch for 25 years! KP is just looking at an already lengthy purple patch of Cook and dishing out predictions. For Cook, there is only one way from here, it's not up!!!

Posted by Swarancool on (June 27, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

cook has scored 7534 runs still tails by 8313 runs to tendulkar, he played 92 matches, after another 92 matches ie 92+92=184 matches runs=7534+7534=15068

169 runs behind!!!! what about centuries 25+25=50 1 behind be careful mr.tendulkar you need some more runs,some more centuries

Posted by couchpundit on (June 27, 2013, 12:22 GMT)

Well cool move KP...setting up Alistair Cook for failure. Anyways it only matters how many games you have won for your Team/Nation. Doesnt matter how much you scored personally. Personal records are for Selfish players.

One thing for sure...form or out of form Cook will defenitely go past maximum number of hundreds if he plays for another 8 years......BECAUSE he doesnt seem to waste as many balls to score century when he is 90's. LOL sachin will never be able to do that..well atleast not anymore.

Posted by kreeketer on (June 27, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

This is expected from KP supporting the Captain.... Cook is a talent no wonder and I am sure he will go past many records...but Tendlya's each record is like 3 tall peaks to climb...very difficult task.... When Cook starts dominating in ODI opening (atleast like Shikhar) did for now complete series...there could be hope...right now ACook's batting will take him no where near to ST...

Posted by pull_shot on (June 27, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

Up to now cook has played and concentrated majority on test cricket only he played just 70 odi's that too 40 odi's in last 2 years but now he is going to play odi cricket as well so it won't be easy to replicate same no of runs in coming years and we all know about tendulkar before and after tennis elbow injury he has too cut done many shots such as hook,shot arm pull,pick up over leg side etc so cook has too adjust his game also so it is not going to bee easy.Two advantage is bowlers today were not that great if u see at the moment only steyn,morkel,anderson,ajmal r only proven great bowlers and england is one top bowling that means u take out 1 out of 4 (aus,eng,pak,saf) top bowling units where as tendulkar has too face all 4.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (June 27, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

OMG! He is not even in the picture! He can try to overcome Graham Goochand be the 1st English player to reach 10,000. But not Sachin Tendulkar.

Posted by bonaku on (June 27, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

It is only good for Cricket, if someone over comes these big records. It will be a win-win situation.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 12:05 GMT)

he may be on track, being that they play a lot more test matches than they did back in the 1990's. But let's see if that longevity will continue, i personally wish him the best...but there's still a gap between Sachin,Lara...and the rest of the pack, Sachin'class & consistence; & lara's dominance, flair, apetite for big scores & match winning skills, respictively put those guys above them all. But hey...good luck to Mr Cook. (From a West Indian)

Posted by pratit on (June 27, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

Yeah, he could. But, don't forget that he will not continue in this form forever. A few years ago, Ponting, in peak form, looked set to go past Tendulkar but he hit a rough stretch and never really recovered. Kallis looks most likely to match Sachin as of now

Posted by Shartri on (June 27, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

Does it really matter if Cook is able to break Tendelukar's record? Will Bradman become a lesser players if his records get broken?

A true player is one is loved by her/his fans and can represents her/himself and her/his country with dignity and pride.

Sachin will be know more for the way he conducted himself and carried the hopes of billion people over two decades in this gentlemen's game.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 11:40 GMT)

He can, but he won't. England simply don't play the same player for 20 years. Also now that he's captain his days are numbered. Almost time for Graeme Smith to tour England again...

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

I think KP sounds practical in his sayings. The kind of temperament, class and technique that Cook possesses I believe getting to a world record with most number of runs should not be a big deal. However Tendulkar has not retired from Test cricket yet.. May be if he continues for another 2 or 3 years even Cook wont be able to set the world record!!!

Posted by Thanju on (June 27, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

everyone seems to forgot one thing,,cook must survive the basil de oliveira tour 2016...he may became smith's 4th victim after hussain,vaughan and strauss.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 11:08 GMT)

Theoretically, yes. Cook was in awesome form for the last few years. But remember the time before that when he was completely out of form and Strauss had follow his hunch to persist with Cook. For a guy who was so woefully out of form for a year in his mid twenties, the chances are that this purple patch will not last for too long.

Posted by RudyinCricinfo on (June 27, 2013, 11:03 GMT)

Guys talking about what will happen after 10 years in not appropriate... Shortly we have two ashes back to back... If he not performed well and England got washout or loose both the ashes then his place inside team will be debate...

Posted by H_Z_O on (June 27, 2013, 11:00 GMT)

Dark Harlequin's right, this comment has been blown out of all proportion.

1) KP did not say that Cook would definitely break Tendulkar's record.

2) KP said he was "on target" to go for the records. Which is to say, if he continues to play as he has (big if) and stays injury free until his late 30s, he could be close.

3) KP said he was on target "to go for" the record. That is to say, if he finds himself close to the record in his 30s, he could set his sights on the record. All those saying "wait until he gets 10,000 runs", that's what KP's saying. If Cook's at 10,000 in a couple of years, he might then look at Sachin's record as something to aim for.

4) Tendulkar is arguably the greatest batsman of the modern era and a joy to watch when he was at his imperious best; he looked invincible. I always had a soft spot for Lara, but even he lacked Tendulkar's consistency. Cook is unlikely to be considered as great as the little master, no matter whether he breaks the Test records or not.

Posted by Rhygwyn on (June 27, 2013, 10:58 GMT)

We are playing fewer matches as others have stated and Cook got into his prime later than Tendulkar. He might make it but it is doubtful. He does however have the technique to combat slowing reflexes and dimming eyesight when he gets to his mid-30s.

Posted by SarfBD on (June 27, 2013, 10:57 GMT)

@Narabavi, yeah. you are right. I just wanted to show the unbelievable consistency Sachin maintained in a very long career. I guess I didn't express myself properly...

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

according to KPs perception we have 2 points 1, cook's age 28 & 2, his current form with 7520 runs. up to here kp is right.. but we have to watch sachin's more than 23 year career. 100 INTERNATIONAL 100s with 34 thosand INTERNATIONAL runs carrying some serious injuries . came through many everest kind of leathel bowling attacks. all over world . playing consistantly for 23 years means its not easy. every batsmen dreams to achieve something like this. some people can say virat can easily go pass sachins ODI RUNS AS WELL AS 100s but, thats not that easy consistancy, concentration, dedication, and LOVE only for the game .had done for him. here for cook no need to face mcgraths, warnes, imrans, wasims, waqars, saqlains, muralis, walshs, ambroses, pollocks, no capss like steves, souravs, azhars, rickys, any way cook is a very good batsmen no doubts about that. he will be the highest run scorer for england and remains in top 5. form and fitness plays major role.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

These western Players tend to retire when they made enough money to enjoy life with Family. Social structure plays a vital role. There way of life - partying will take toll on these players. So I doubt he will play that long to achieve these record. But we can only assume he may have the motivation and thirst to do this. Only time will tell

Posted by CutHis_ArminHalf on (June 27, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

If anyone plays enough tests they can break any record.

Tendulkar is not a god either. Plays for himself. Averages 53.

If he was as good as a billion people claim he would be averaging at least 60.

He is just an average player in a time when batting has been easy. Pure weight of number of tests has given him countless records.

Posted by armchairjohnny on (June 27, 2013, 10:46 GMT)

He will probably 'pass' Tendulkar in terms of numbers. But those numbers won't quite have the same value given the high quality of bowling Tendulkar faced throughout much of his career. We all know how ordinary Cook looked against McGrath . Of current bowlers, only Steyn matches up to 90's era seam bowlers. Inflated batting averages today are not just due to 'flat pitches' (which by the way, are everywhere now) but also due to mediocre modern standards of bowlers. Can imagine Waqar breaking Cookie's toes for fun.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (June 27, 2013, 10:41 GMT)

@coolbuddy100, Im not so sure that SRT is as committed hes already released statements that indicate he preparing to retire, so far hes dropped out of the shorter formats in Internationals and dropped out of the IPL, this suggests he will be looking at retiring within the next 12 months.

Next year India have a 5 test series in England, but suspect that the series against SA or NZ this winter will be his last.

I thought we'd seen the last of SRT in 2011, but maybe he will stick around for all/part of the 2014 series as well, as always it will be SRT's choice.

Posted by mmuthusaravanan on (June 27, 2013, 10:39 GMT)

It is good, atleast they are forcing him to work towards Sachin's record. But on other point that"His first series was against India away and we beat India," is wrong. It was a 3 match series. 1dt one, when Cook debuted, it was drawn. 2nd was won by India and third by England. England leveled the series 1-1. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/238162.html

Posted by Narabavi on (June 27, 2013, 10:34 GMT)

@SarfBD : Since Cook is an opener, it is meaningless to compare his average with sachin's.

Posted by TATTUs on (June 27, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

Cook is a mighty fine batsman who may very well surpass Tendulkars records. All he needs is this form to continue for a long time and a time free from injuries. KP is saying 'statistically' specifically. I think he has a fair point when he says Cook has a chance to surpass Tendulkar. I greatly appreciate his performance in India recently and in Australia last ashes.

But bottom line - I would stand up and applaud almost every Lara coverdrive, Tendulkar backfoot punch and defence and Pontings pull-shot. Cook? Well...

Posted by coolbuddy100 on (June 27, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

One more thing to keep in mind is not just the form and longevity of play....but to maintain that passion and naivety to keep learning and playing the game of cricket which Tendulkar has shown. Tendulkar still is very excited about the game and enjoy it from his heart. Which personally, I see missing in Cooks game, though great cricketer are always cherished irrespective of the country of origin!!!

Posted by CricFan24 on (June 27, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

@Typos- Sometimes ppl should actually watch or ascetain before commenting..

Posted by Narabavi on (June 27, 2013, 10:12 GMT)

Cook already scored half of Tendulkar's runs in 7 years.Including 2,3 lean patches. Normally 30-34yrs is the best part of batsmen' career. I can't see any reason to say he can't score another 9000 runs in 10 years unless he suffers a long term injury.ECB's test priority, Playing as an opener & not playing in t20 leagues r another three facts going infavour of cook.

Posted by SarfBD on (June 27, 2013, 10:10 GMT)

Lets assume Cook will maintain his form for another 8 years (extremely tough task) and he'll score around 1000 runs per year (another tough ask), then he'll have a chance to go past Sachin. So, odd are not in Cook's favor. Cook, probably now in his best stage as a cricketer, has a lower test average than Sachin, who is merely a shadow of himself for past 2 years and suffered a dip in average. This shows the greatness of Sachin and his achievements over the course of 20 years. I think Cook is destined to greatness and I respect KP's opinion but will not bet for Cook.

Posted by Sundara-Chandare on (June 27, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

Guys now Cook's age is 28 years and 184 days.Sachin's 28 years and 184 days had been completed at 2001 October 24.Now it's time to check the espn statsguru.Here we go-Inns135,runs6919,avg57,25centuries,28fifties[Sachin's records till 2001 Oct 24]There are no huge difference between Sachin and Cook when they are in 28age.Cook's records-163inns,runs7524,25centuries,29fifties,avg49.Cook's avg is not good as Sachin's avg.But the point is Cook is a Opening batsman.It's not an easy job to face the new ball.So avg isn't count too much here.Anyway good contest.Let see what will happen.

Posted by Arunvilla on (June 27, 2013, 10:04 GMT)

well!may be cook can surpass srt but the bowlers srt faced are right from richard hadlee,imran khan,the w's of pak,the c's for caribbean,mcgrath,warne,murli,vaas,bond,lee,akthar,pollock,donald,anderson,steyn,....etc,at their peak these are easily the best to have played cricket..i dont think cook has faced any great bowler apart from steyn may be mcgrath,murli,warne at their end.so srt is the best added to that he scored 18,000 odi runs cook wont even score 8000 odi runs.i wont consider anybody's record from the modern era(after 2008)a7 great simply they havnt faced any greats

Posted by TheOnlyEmperor on (June 27, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

Yeah, it's ok to fantasize.

Posted by typos on (June 27, 2013, 10:02 GMT)

Let's clarify one question, how could Tendulkar 'carry' the batting for his entire career when from the late 90's he had Dravid (arguably better on dodgy pitches, in all conditions some say), VVS and Saurav then in the 00's he had Viru, Gautam, VVS and Dravid and in this decade he is the weakest link and is being allowed to carry on way past his use-by date? He is a great batsman, close to being the best after Bradman but it is fallacious to say he carried the batting. He is adored by his population but did not single handedly carry the batting like Martin Crowe or Allan Border or George Headley or even B Lara to an extent. He as become a good accumulator, not the commanding impossible to bowl to batsman of the early 90's. Somebody tell these former greats like Tendulkar and Federer to call its quits before people remember them from the end of their career when they were not great, just pretty good.

Posted by Mebs19 on (June 27, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

Cook may surpass Tendulkar''s runs tally but would anyone as a pure Cricket lover hand on heart declare that that they would derive as much pleasure from watching Cook as compared to Sachin.

At the age of 16 he faced Imran, Waquer and Wasim with the last two in the prime of their careers. he stood up to them in their own back yard without flinching. Some one in Bollywood should have the foresight to make a half decent movie out of that singular episode.

Posted by rustin on (June 27, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

@Patdabac: By that logic, Sachin too got so many runs "because he has played more test matches than anyone else". It is extremely hard to sustain your game for so many matches. Its something Sachin did and Cook has so far managed it. Do your research, he has scored at the same rate as Sachin. And his average is fractionally less than 50. (What in your opinion is a great average?) If you simply divide the number of runs scored by the number of matches, Sachin and Cook have the same number. (In fact, Cook has a slightly higher value)

Posted by Sundara-Chandare on (June 27, 2013, 9:46 GMT)

Great article and great foresight by KP.These kind of predictions can sometimes trigger a great motivation in players.

Virat Kohli will one day become Sir Viv Richards.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

This is also only speculation. Tendulkar has been a great player everywhere accept in SA where batting is the most difficult. He averages less than his career average. In this regard we must really give credit to players like Amla, AB, Smith, Kallis who have good averages and runs in SA. Tendulkar scored a lot of runs and at a good average. He is truly a great batsman but others like ponting, kallis, lara also scored similar and some time more runs than him. only reason why he has the most runs is because of a longer career.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (June 27, 2013, 9:32 GMT)

@LALITHKURUWITA, Australia will get better, thier seam attack is still quite raw and I can see Pattinson and cummins, fitness withstanding, becoming a formible pace attack, and Pattinson COULD breat McGraths record haul.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 9:25 GMT)

@ YorkshirePudding agreed. SRT has broken so many records which is another thing but if we go down to real basics its hard to match his class. punching the best of fast bowlers down the ground of the back foot, copy book forward defense and straight drives. SRT redefined the art of batsmanship in the era of Wasim, Waqar, Mcgrath, Donald, Pollock, Warne, Murali and even steyn to some extent. just thinking as a neutral i will pay to watch a few SRT's defensive strokes all day and specially any youngster who aspires to be a modern allround batsman for all formats will understand

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (June 27, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

There is no doubt records will be brocken even Murali's 800 wickets or Sachin's batting record. Cook has a chance if he continues for another 10 to 12 years he can beat because every 4 years there are 10 matches against Aussies. Everybody knows Aussies bowling. Unfortunately he will get only 1 inning to bat in Ashes. Since Cook is opening he has an advantage as well.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 9:09 GMT)

I Wish Mr Cook all the best. I hope he wont give up the chase or wont be average like his team.

Posted by Baseball--Sucks on (June 27, 2013, 9:09 GMT)

Great article and great foresight by KP. These kind of predictions can sometimes trigger a great motivation in players.

Kusal Perera will one day become Brian Lara.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

Well I think thats fair, A lot of players can get to his landmark. Sachin was not just about the runs he scored, he carried a team. For almost a decade he was the one man who could win a game on his own. Cook is an very good team, probably the best team England have had in 20 years. So its going to very difficult to emulate Sachin because there are many other guys in the team that are as good as Cook.

I love Cook though, he is a run machine and you know he has pure talent as he adjusts to conditions really well. I think he will end up in the top 10 run scorers.

Posted by Patdabac on (June 27, 2013, 8:55 GMT)

Of course Cook will get close to 20 000 runs but only because he has played more Test matches than anyone else. His average will not be as good as the other Test Match greats but he will get many more runs mainly in tests. I still think stuggles in sub continental conditions, (yes I know he had a good series in India last year but he will still struggle in the sub continent).

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (June 27, 2013, 8:50 GMT)

@landofcricket, anyone who has watched SRT over the years, and has a neutral hat on recognises the class that he has and of the modern generation of players (post 1970) he is arguably the best, middle order batsman World Cricket has seen.

I say arguablly as BC Lara, Waugh, and Ponting all come very close.

Posted by jhovee on (June 27, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

KP, ask cook to take one step at the time 1st step to surpass his country men Gooch's 8900 runs 2nd to surpass Sunil Gavaskar's record of 10122 Mahela 10806* , Sanga 10830*, Chanderpaul 10830*,S Waugh 10927,Border 11174, Lara 11953, Kallis 13128*,Dravid 13288,Ponting 13378 & then finally Tendulkar 15837* (remember some are in the race still).

Posted by romal.priyan on (June 27, 2013, 8:36 GMT)

I think Jack Kallis is very close. He is 37 and he needs nearly 2500 to past tendulkar's record. If so Kallis will pass the record of tendulkar with a better avarage.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (June 27, 2013, 8:31 GMT)

@jhovee, unless you were born in the US you cannot become the US president.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (June 27, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

@tickcric I have to agree making that level of runs across all formats is going to take someone special, however, in terms of test cricket, there are a few that could surpass SRT, these include Cook, Clarke, AB. Kallis has an outside chance if he hits a 3-4 year purple patch and SRT retires this year.

Outside of these, Pujara and Root may have a chance but its too early to call, in thier test career (Root especially).

KP and Cook will most likley trade English test records, over the next 3-5 years but then Cook will move on past KP.

Posted by landofcricket on (June 27, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

@ front foot lungue sachin has better away ave than home ave...u r saying he scored only on flat pitches...btw who told u guys scoring runs in flat pitch so easy ,then why england took 28 years to win test series in india,,,england lost 17 out of last 21 odi...why?? scoring runs in indian pitches easy means then why your batsmen struggled in odi??? for india it won test series in eng 2007 under dravid ..so that is not long time ago...little bit of research before posting comment not bad for you..

Posted by jhovee on (June 27, 2013, 8:26 GMT)

Most probably this is the thread that has lot of 'IF's .... :) I am planning to marry next year, i wanna my son to become US President! Anyone say its NOT possible ?

Posted by EPJayapaul on (June 27, 2013, 8:25 GMT)

Very optimistic Mr KP...!

Posted by CricIndia208 on (June 27, 2013, 8:21 GMT)

Pietersen is a smart guy, he knows how to keep his captain happy. Though Cook is a fantastic batsman, he will not even get close to Tendulkar's test/combined (test + ODI) aggregates. I wouldn't take this comment seriously, just KP's attempt to please his captain.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 8:15 GMT)

It's only India that believes in the past heroics and supports their cricketers and give them umpteen chances even after continuous failures and even after loosing 8 Tests at a trot as we have seen recently !!!

Did the selectors not give Kapil Dev a chance to beat the then world record of 431 Wickets of Sir Richard Hadlee ?

Only Sandeep Patil (Even though from Mumbai) has voiced serious concern about Sachin slowing down in his batting style.

If Cook is able to bat well there is no reason why he should not cook up some new batting records. After all, these days with the numbert of games being played much more makes records are meant to be broken in a matter of time . But both the English & Aussie Selectors have gone on record to prove that only the best 11 will take the field and even a pro like Ponting and famous Waugh brothers had to to call it quits against their wishes.

Posted by maddy20 on (June 27, 2013, 8:14 GMT)

Sure KP only 15500 runs to go in ODIs and 8300 more runs in tests in 5-6 years or max 7 years. Its extremely easy. While he is at it, he will surpass the average of Don Bradman too!

Posted by SherjilIslam on (June 27, 2013, 8:11 GMT)

@IndianSRTfan on (June 27, 2013, 6:20 GMT) & @atthipatti on (June 27, 2013, 7:04 GMT) : Absolutely spot on.....I think, your comments deserved to be in featured comment section. As far as inspiration is concerned, i don't think anybody can even touch the shadow of SRT. And what about coming back with strong performance every time from a lean patch??? I think, cook has lot do.

Posted by stormy16 on (June 27, 2013, 8:11 GMT)

The worst thing to do to KP is to give him a microphone where he usually makes some comment which get thrown around in the media and becomes a distraction but for once he stayed sane! Given the amount of Ashes cricket ahead and the Aus bowling attack I think Cook has a good chance to add tons of runs to his impressive record! But yes I agree Cook is a machine and has proven himself against all attacks and conditions and the guy is not yet 30! What's more he doesn't really have a weakness or technical issue so I see Cook having the best chance to match Sachin's record but this would mean he would have to perform at the same level till he retires and not have any long term injuries.

Posted by tickcric on (June 27, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

I agree Cook is the most likely candidate to surpass Tendulkar. England play more Tests than any other nation & that can only help Cook. Also the guy is a real good and consistent cricketer. But he needs to score near about as prolifically as he has been doing for another 9 - 10 years. To be honest that won't be easy even for Cook but again it is possible for him...

Having said that, as cricket fans when we think of Sachin's records we actually think Sachin the record-man as a whole - Runs, Centuries, Tests & ODIs, number of Tests & ODIs played. Right now I cannot imagine anyone of the current players making more than 100 centuries or over 34,000 runs...

Best of luck Alastair Cook, if you go past Sachin's Test record it will be another great milestone for the game.

Posted by CricFan24 on (June 27, 2013, 8:05 GMT)

To put some numbers to that ...Tendulkar's approximate avgs. from age 18-30 : 60; From age 30-34: 44; From age 34-39:57. From age 39 -Present: 24. If we made a simple linear extrapolation of the numbers Tendulkar would have achieved when he was 30 - They would have been nothing close to what actually transpired.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 8:04 GMT)

Who thought SRT will cross gavaskar & no one ever thougt that Kapil dev's 434 would be broken but both the records are broken now. So there is no compulsory that records are not to be broken. When Cook was hitting centuries like this I also thought he can break SRT records if SRT retires ASAP...

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 8:01 GMT)

Whether this will happen or not, does depend largely on Cook's ODI form and whether he is still in the ODI team 2-3 years down. If not, history suggests his test career will also fade out. But there is no doubt, he is the only man around who can challenge those numbers.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 8:00 GMT)

Who would you rather watch though at their peak? I'm English by the way.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 8:00 GMT)

Cook needs to concentrate only on tests. He is too soft for ODI and T20s. He lacks cricketing brain to make fast decisions which is required in ODI and T20s

Posted by gandabhai on (June 27, 2013, 7:56 GMT)

So far Cooky has only had to endure the 'normal ' international cricketers pressures ,but recently he was given added pressure with those kind remarks made by Brenden McCullum in praise of Cook since which time he has underperformed . Thats what pressure can do .Now that HE is in the spotlight , lets see how he perfoms . Remember , Sachin has been under a much bigger spotlight throughout his carrear . He shurely would have achieved even more without this extra weight on his shoulders each time he went out to bat .

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (June 27, 2013, 7:56 GMT)

No doubt he's goo bat but breaking Tendulkar records not sure. Guy hardly can play out swing delivery. But good luck to him if he can

Posted by ashes267 on (June 27, 2013, 7:49 GMT)

I am an indian and I agree with KP . There are no current batsman on the scene who can match up with Sachin's records . Cook has scored so many centuries n runs in his very short span of career and besides that he is very young at the moment

Posted by Haleos on (June 27, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

Cook will have to play like he has till now to come close to sachin. Then he will be just short of around 800 runs to Sachin. Provided Sachin retires now. Else add some more runs. Maybe another 500-1000. It also means cook will be 35-36 by then. If he can carry on till 38-39 and maintains his current form and fitness continuously he can go past but that is asking a lot in the current world. Form and fitness dont always go along together. Good luck to cook though. And anyways its KPs dream not cooks. :)

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (June 27, 2013, 7:46 GMT)

Records are meant to be broken. Any one can break Sachin's record if he has the skill, longevity and most importantly the passion to continue the game. The question to be asked is will cook have the same passion after 10 years? Will his body cope with the rigorous international schedules? Currently Only Eng and Aus play 5 match test series. So cook is likely to play more tests than any other player of current eraand if he continues to play the same way then i don't see why cook (or any other young batsman) cannot break Sachin's records.

Posted by Prashjain on (June 27, 2013, 7:46 GMT)

I wonder if England will drag Cook like India did with Tendulkar if Cook fails.

Posted by emmersonne on (June 27, 2013, 7:44 GMT)

The funny thing is, several people who know both men well have commented how alike in personality and manner Tendulkar and Cook are. However, I wouldn't compare anyone with Tendulkar. Sachin is Sachin, there is only one and anybody matching him for runs will be a unique batsman, unlike anyone else.

Posted by PeterJerome on (June 27, 2013, 7:44 GMT)

More than Cook, I think Amla is a serious contender to dash at that record. Absolutely agree with Orko Momin. it the consistency that SRT has maintained over the years that marks him above the rest. many challenged him but fell short. I am not saying this out of arrogance but out of the admiration I have for his love for the game even after 2 and half decades of playing the game.

Posted by Haleos on (June 27, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

Cook can do it if he continues to play till 40. @ xerobillius_virus - Cook has no weakness and SRT has? All have weaknesses my friend else they will never get out. You must be supporting some country other than England surely.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (June 27, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

@Posted by (facebook user) on (June 27, 2013, 6:19 GMT), well lest start with FS Trueman the first man to take 300 test wickets, Wally Hammond scored 7249 test Runs a record that stood for 33 YEARS, in an era when there were only 5 test teams. You also have Jack Hobbs who has 199 (or 197) FC centuries and holds the record of 61760 FC runs.

I also think you are misguded to say Cook is he most technically adept batsman England has ever produced, hes probably the best at the moment, though Root looks very good technically. However we have some greats starting with Jack 'The Master' Hobbs, then theres Wally Hammond, in more recent times, you have Cowdrey, Boycott, even Gooch was technically a great batsman.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 7:39 GMT)

KP does have the freedom to comment that Cook can overhaul Tendulkar's record.Cook has played almost 50% of the tests that Sachin has played . He has scored less than 50 % runs and centuries . Simple mathematical calculations can be misleading and often leads to poor results . To maintain consistency for a very long period , to get necessary cooperation from the body for a long time and to have urge to perform all the time are no mean tasks . Further , with advancing age , the consistency factor will become poor . On these counts, we can easily conclude that Sachin's records may not be breached ever . I do not belittle Cook's abilities but at some point he will realise that nobody can defy nature .

Posted by android_user on (June 27, 2013, 7:34 GMT)

Pieterson used kind words to compare Cook with Sachin but some of English fans comments here shows their fear that Cook will fail ... thats the reason their comments simply says Sachin is flat track bully etc ... mind u guys Sub continent pitches assist spin and playing their is tough too ask Warne abt Sachin ... I have respecr for cook but this one is for English fans ... just compare the bowlers Sachin played with the bowlers Cook played ... that should make them shut.

Posted by mukesh_LOVE.cricket on (June 27, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

Cook does have a shot at Sachin's test records , he may not be as easy on the eye as tendulkar or even Ian bell but in my opinion if he can play swing in England (that too as an opener ! ) and spin in India in a test match then he is surely special , but only time will tell

Posted by BellCurve on (June 27, 2013, 7:29 GMT)

It is unlikely that anyone will go past Tendulkar. Cook has the best chance. But he will have to continue to perform at the highest level for another 8 years. That is a big ask. Kallis remains another candidate. If he continues performing into his early forties (like Graeme Pollock or Graeme Gooch) then he could get there. The third candidate is also from South Africa - AB De Villiers. He is 29 years old. If he hits a purple patch for the next 5-6 years and scores 6000 runs he could get close. But my money is on Tendulkar to retain his record.

Posted by GrtIndia_Ann on (June 27, 2013, 7:27 GMT)

there were many players in the history of Game who were as good as Cook and even better at some period or other in their careers...but to carry along that consistency for a period of 20+ years is something that is breathtaking and inspiring...which Sachin has done....the number of tests played are getting reduced year after after....players have to not only keep their fitness levels at the best but also have to maintain their hunger for the game every single day of their career....Cook is going great....or else he is enjoying his GOOD RUN now...i would definitely love to see how he fares with his game when he enters a considerable period of lean patch.....thats when Great players show their class and dedication..Tendulkar reinvented his Game more than once in his career to adjust himself to changing condiitions of Game and his body.....If Cook can maintain such an apetite for the Game, he can surely cross Sachin...but, can he?

Posted by Alphus on (June 27, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

Kp is just saying things to make himself visible in the English media.... Cook can (without the shadow of a doubt) never EVER even come near Sachin's numbers.... and given the paucity of Test Cricket nowadays i think the question "Will anyone emulate Sachin's numbers?" is a moot one....

Posted by Harlequin. on (June 27, 2013, 7:22 GMT)

As with the McBren comment earlier in the year, this one has predictably been blown out of all proportion.

Going by what KP is quoted as saying in this article: 'He's on target to go for Tendulkars numbers' this becomes 'Cook can go past Tendulkar' in the headline, and then in the comments section becomes 'Cook is far better than Tendulkar in every way, especially ODI's'. KP was paying his captain a compliment and showing support, good on you KP.

Agree with what Nutcutlet said

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 7:21 GMT)

I feel cook has the ability to cross the milestone reached by sachin. If Cook had started much earlier like Sachin, he could very easily cross 15000 plus runs. Let us encourage Cook to achieve this.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 7:16 GMT)

Good comedy by KP... Cook will form out after 5 years..

Posted by atthipatti on (June 27, 2013, 7:04 GMT)

Sachin Sachin Sachin....leave him alone dudes! The fact that every Tom, Dick & Harry, that shows some talent in batting wants to be compared to SRT itself shows that he will be the bench mark for the generations to come. And Cook is just another top bloke that's in the line now & for him to surpass SRT would take another 10/12 years considering the highs & lows to come by, but would he last that long? would he have the same backing as SRT in England? Would he have the same loyal fan following even during his lows as Sachin? Would he have the determination as SRT to shut traps of critics every time they write him off with brilliant come back stories? If yes, then I will be more than happy to witness Cook surpassing SRT around 2024/25 season & say to my children, there once was a genius called Kevin Pietersen who predicted this phenomenon way back in 2013 itself...

Posted by SinSpider on (June 27, 2013, 7:01 GMT)

I appreciate KP's generosity towards Cook. Undoubtedly Cook is in the best phase of his career and he is a superlative batsmen. However to surpass SRTs records a lot of things need to fall into place. 1) Cook should continue this superlative form for at least another 5 yrs without interruption. This is almost impossible. KP is the example for this. 2) Cook should remain uninjured for the next 50 tests or so. Again difficult. 3) ICC and ECB hopefully continues to play tests regularly. Looks unlikely. 4) Importantly, Cook's cricketing abilities should remain or improve as age catches up. Hmm!

Keeping in view the above points, think of Ponting and Kallis. How many think Cook will be a better player than Ponting or Kallis? I dont.

Posted by xerobillius_virus on (June 27, 2013, 6:59 GMT)

Cook has a long way to go. Apparently, he has got no weakness unlike Tendulkar who used to struggle against in-swingers. But that is just matter of time till cook's weakness is exposed. He right now is in dream run phase. There were many others once considered could have records better then Tendulkar. But Tendulkar is most consistent of them. For now Kallis has a chance to surpass Tendulkar, but Cook has a long way to go.

Posted by DINESHCC on (June 27, 2013, 6:58 GMT)

ALTAF PATEL: Cook is the only choice. Amla is already 30, and 10000 runs behind Tendulkar, Clarke is already 32 and 8000 runs behind Tendulkar and they cannot surpass tendulkar's test record both in terms of runs and in terms of centuries. In the case of Cook, he is only 28 and 8000 runs behind Tendulkar. In another 8 years he can surpass Tendulkar both in runs and centuries.

Posted by Narabavi on (June 27, 2013, 6:57 GMT)

He can & surely he will...Not only most runs record but also most test centuries record.

Posted by CricFan24 on (June 27, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

Around age 30 Tendulkar was avg. near 60 and well ahead of all his contemporaries at that point - Waugh,Lara,Ponting,Kallis etc. Then he suffered several serious injuries. A moderate comeback followed.Now a permanent decline. ..Linear extrapolation is impossible in Sport.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

Getting runs in the range of 15000 requires consistency, Tendulkar has mostly got runs when India needed and started at an early age i don't think Cook can match that kind of an effort too early to say.........................

Posted by satyashanmukh on (June 27, 2013, 6:33 GMT)

ya... KP is almost correct if cook plays test matches without injuries,without rejection by team selectors due to poor performances,without controversies and almost 100 more tests at present average(which never achieved by any England player up till now) with in next 7-8 years.

Posted by PPL11 on (June 27, 2013, 6:32 GMT)

And for those who thinks Cook is better then Sir. Tendulkar - Forget it. Cook has done good in Tests, So in test we can say he is most near to tendulkar in morden time, But ODI - So if going to compare Cook Vs Tendulakar - No way cook is half good as tendulkar.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 6:31 GMT)

There was a time around 2005-06..Tendulkar had 35 test hundreds and ponting had 33, he was in sublime form... people started saying that he will easily surpass tendulkar in a year.. but by the end Ponting had to retire on 41 and tendulkar is still continuing on 51...

Pietersen's comments are baseless...cook is a good player and he might score many runs.. tendulkar is still playing and may add another thousand runs to his tally. it will be more than difficult for anyone to be in such form for 7-8 years consistently.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (June 27, 2013, 6:29 GMT)

I am sure that Alistair Cook is far more interested in his record as Test captain than the number of centuries he may (or may not) have notched up by the time he retires. His aggregrate runs/ ton-count he will regard as subsidiary details in comparison. Separating the man & his achievements (esp. when he is captain) from the team is not really what cricket is about; it is, however, an Indian obsession. This is probably down to the apparent dearth of star athletes, tennis players, golfers, boxers, etc. etc. representing India on the international stage. In a different culture SRT would have been allowed to go by now, but Indian sentiment just can't accept that the sun must set, even on the longest of days.

Posted by siddulkar on (June 27, 2013, 6:27 GMT)

It is true that Cook is one of the best player we have seen who has consistently bettered himself over time. He has the class, temperament and even the attitude. It is good to be optimist, like KP, to say that Cook with surpass Tendulkar's record. It may be possible. But it shall definitely be a dream and once achieved possibly the best record ever broken. Not to forget, Sachin hasn't yet retired from Tests so Cook's race to the number will start after his retires, and only God knows when he shall submit his papers. Few years ago, I felt only KP can come close, now we have Cook and by the time Cook gives up we may eye someone else. It is surely a record everyone can eye to break; obviously you should have the top to be aimed to even be second.

Posted by android_user on (June 27, 2013, 6:27 GMT)

I think cook shouldn't be compared with 10dulkar bcoz cook is greater than 10dulkar, cook is very good captain which is not 10dulkar, we should think all the capabilities which cook ia having, I m agree with Kevin but word is not correct bcoz cook is already been better than 10dulkar

Posted by CricFan24 on (June 27, 2013, 6:26 GMT)

And , of course, Djokovic can surpass Federer...

Posted by PPL11 on (June 27, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

For those who really thinks Sir. Tendulkar is not a match winner, I guess started watching cricket after 2000

Posted by IndianSRTfan on (June 27, 2013, 6:20 GMT)

I don't know whether Cook will be able to surpass SRT's jaw dropping numbers. Maybe he will, maybe he won't. Only time will tell.

Bt a lot of non-Indians here need to understand that SRT's cricketing stats are not the only numbers that are important. If you ask any Indian player playing for India today, right from Sehwag, Yuvraj, Dhoni to Pujara, Kohli, and Dhawan, who was their cricketing hero or why did they start playing cricket, almost all would name Sachin as the answer. He inspired a whole generation to play this game. SRT along with Dravid, Laxman, and Ganguly are the reasons India has talented, entertaining and aggressive batsmen today.

So cricketing stats aside (and they're monumental to match), will a time come when 9 out of 11 English players will say they picked up the bat to be 'a player like Cook'? Will young English kids skip classes to watch Cook bat? These are the numbers that "matter more". Maybe it'll happen who knows but till then Sachin will remain UNMATCHED.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 6:19 GMT)

I am an Indian but a cricket lover first, talking about KP saying, Cook will break Sachin's record. This doesn't look at all possible. Will any one of you say that which English batsman has the world record of getting nay world record of most wickets or runs. A milestone is not achieved in a day's time. It needs consistency and mostly the great physical fitness at its best. If it happens in near future, Cook must be playing Test cricket for a long- long time. There is no dearth of doubt that he is the best technically and tempramentally sound batsman English cricket have ever produced but KP must have said something that is really looking at lest hard possible. Let's see we will remain alive and will be waiting for this miracle.

Posted by AltafPatel on (June 27, 2013, 6:14 GMT)

not only Cook. Clarke and Amla can also pass Tendulkar.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 6:07 GMT)

Guys the point is Cook is a openning batsman in tests and Sachin is a num4 batsman in tests.It's a very very tough ask as a opener in tests.Because it's a tough ask face the new ball.But Sachin have played a lot against old ball.So Cook is far ahead than Sachin....

Posted by stFleming on (June 27, 2013, 5:59 GMT)

well i m an indian and i believe Sachin Tendulkar is a legend and one of the greatest batsman of all time...But like pietersen said, cook can go past Tendulkar...I agree with him...U can see how much Alaistair Cook has achieved in such a short time....He is just 28 yrs. and he has scored over 7000 test runs...At the same age, Ricky Ponting had 5000+ runs and today Ponting is the second highest run getter...So in my opinion if Alaistair Cook plays till 38 yrs, he'll surely break Sachin Tendulkar's record of most test runs and hundreds as well...He is a very consistent performer...

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 5:54 GMT)

Most of them on the list played 10 tests a year, unfortunately 10'dulkar did not... but still he was consistent in parts in his career. I would love to see some one break his records, the nearest one who can break the record are Clarke, Kevin and Cook. Clarke has been as consistent as cook in the recent past. I place my last bet on those three as they play more test cricket than any one from the other countries.

Posted by Alexk400 on (June 27, 2013, 5:53 GMT)

KP is fantastic. He play when it matters. if you challenge him he play well. But he is human. He is not politically correct. Thats KP. For me he shows brave attitude and skill for tall guy. He has self belief. it work most times. I think he achieved lot but i want him to score 10000+ runs first. Until then i reserve my judgement. Let him play for a whole. People needs to enjoy his play. We indians love KP because when it mattered he play and show who is boss. Others talk a lot but choke in the field. He is one of world's test cricket super star.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 5:49 GMT)

I think Alastair Cook has every statistical chance of getting close or beating Tendulkar's total. Having said that, he will have form slumps, good bowlers will have figured him out and his reflexes will get slower. He will have to fight these as he gets older to get past that total.

Posted by IndiaNumeroUno on (June 27, 2013, 5:46 GMT)

Even if he does, which is extremely unlikely, it will never be the same. The pressure of being Tendulkar and playing for a billion plus people will never ever be experienced by Cook or even anywhere near close to it... for that matter even by any other non-Indian player in the world (unless China starts serious cricket).

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 5:45 GMT)

KP is jumping to conclusions here for sure but if Cook has to do that then it should be with dignity and not everyone asking him to retire. His team succumb to bangladesh for his 100th hundred etc. If cook does that then it would be as a captain which tendulkar cant meet also tendulkar is know to choke when india needed that while cook is a match winner. Anyway, an anglo-indian rivalary is providing exciting cricket to the viewers.

Posted by sachinisawesome on (June 27, 2013, 5:44 GMT)

@ BoonBoom Well the only thing ordinary is your comment here. A person who is considered to be the 2nd greatest test batsman after Don is "Just ordinary" to you. Another person with short term memory. And there is no way Cook can break the record of tendulkar but I wish him all the best.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 5:41 GMT)

The only record of Sachin Tendulkar, Cook will surpass are Sachin Tendulkar's international T20 runs

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (June 27, 2013, 5:36 GMT)

kp can say whatever he thinks, but reality is uncertain considering 8000 more runs needed atleast from 100 matches

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (June 27, 2013, 5:34 GMT)

At the moment SRT's tally is a moving total, so its possible he will end up with around 16000 test runs, Cook is on just over 7500 test runs.

Allowing for dips and playing for another 8 years will make him 36, which is around the age most test players look at retiring, so he'll play around another 150 innings at say an average of 45, thats 6750 runs, at his current average of 49.1 its going to be approx 7300-7400 runs.

So his total aggregate will be in the region of 14,000-15,000, this of course doesnt take into account injury, early retirement, and other factors, etc.

However Cook will become England's Leading test run maker, and pass his mentor Gooch in about 12-18 months if things go to plan, and hit the 10,000 mark in around 3 years.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 5:31 GMT)

I am happy with KP commentsm.... guys honestly how many of us here played test matches? so shutup and respect the test player comment and i dout as a sportsmen sachin will take this comment as a negative... go cook go ....

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 5:28 GMT)

Hey Boon..Playing those number of matches itself a big deal and SRT achieved it along with maximum runs. Do you think it is just ordinary?? and easy for other players to play those number of matches...

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 5:27 GMT)

Only thing I can say "Good Luck" to Cook.

Posted by TATTUs on (June 27, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

Cook may very well surpass Tendulkar 'statistically' as would anyone who has a chance of playing for 20 years of international cricket. Cook is in good form now and he did ok early in his career. All he has to do, though easier said that done, is to keep playing as he is doing now with a late surge as Tendulkar had in 2011. If he doesnt have any injuries , like a tennis elbow for Tendulkar, that would be a bonus.

But[!], for me Tendulkar is much more than runs. He had this flair the aura, the innocence of a child prodigy and his down to earth nature[which Cook shares incidentally]. The way he could command bowling attacks the way he could win matches like Chennai 98 and play innings like 169 in SA against Donald and co innings like 137 against Pakistan, I dont thing Cook can. I dont think he will perform like Tendulkar did in South Africa late into his 30s.

So even if he does go past Tendulkar Tendulkar will remain up there and Cook slightly down. Its like many going past the DON.

Posted by SeanB on (June 27, 2013, 5:08 GMT)

Cook is a wonderful and under-appriciated batsman in test arena. As KP put it, Cook has matched SRT's records so far. Its not the question of getting 8000 more runs, but playing for 8 or 9 more years to get there. SRT has played through rough times, and has been backed by the selectors at times, blindly. Cook may not be that lucky if he has a poor season or two.

Posted by Pathiyal on (June 27, 2013, 5:08 GMT)

yes, if he plays for around 20 years, he has a chance. btw, Alastair Cook do not have to surpass Sachin's record to be known as a great player. he aleady is a big mountain for the opposition in tests. and i like his policy of keeping away from t20s (i was not too surprised when he got out early in 'champions trophy t20' finals :-) a fantastic left hander to watch but not quite enjoyable if he is playing against your team :-) great skipper too.

Posted by ned76 on (June 27, 2013, 5:07 GMT)

Cook won't. Unlike Tendulkar, Cook does intend to retire at some point.

Posted by jimbond on (June 27, 2013, 5:01 GMT)

Its statistically possible, though in this case, by using Tendulkar's name, KP was trying to get the public attention. Cook has been around for 7 years, and has played slightly above 23 innings per year - which is fairly high, but one can expect it to continue - given England's focus on tests. Currently Tendulkar is 8300 runs ahead and if one assumes that Tendulkar does not add anything to his total and retires, Cook will have that much catching up to do. If Cook continues to score at 49 which is his current average, he can make roughly 1144 runs per year if he plays the same number of innings. At this rate he may take more than 7.2 years to reach Tendulkar's current total. Cook is currently 28, if he plays for another eight years- he will be 36. If he keeps himself fit, he can have a try. But will Cook manage to retain his average, and fitness, and when will Tendulkar retire?

Posted by BoonBoom on (June 27, 2013, 4:54 GMT)

Certainly SRT is no legend but just ordinary. His records are due to large number of matches he has played. Anyone who gets to play that number of matches is bound to score that many runs!

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 4:51 GMT)

Certainly Cook has the opportunity to surpass Tendlya's test runs,provided if he manage his fitness and focus to play for another 10 years of test cricket at least in a decent form...

Posted by sweet2hrme on (June 27, 2013, 4:42 GMT)

Its too early to say = KP ! Only time will tell .. LOng way n NO WaY

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 4:41 GMT)

Statistics are not the be all and end all of cricket. No matter how many runs you score or how many records you create, the true greats are the ones that win you matches. In that regard, I would ( and I am sure many others would agree), rather go an watch a Kevin Petiersen himself bat rather than Alistair Cook, not because he is less talented, but definitely the likes of KP are more attractive/entertaining to watch and can turn a match on its head.

Posted by romal.priyan on (June 27, 2013, 4:36 GMT)

I think Kumar Snagakkara has a chance to do it. If he plays for another 5 years. He need to get 5000 runs from 70-80 innings. Currently he has the best batting average amoung the playsers who scored more than 10000 runs. His age is nearly 36. He has played 177 matches for the last 13 years of his career. His average is 56.98. Jacques Kallis can easily do it. He is 37 he needs 2500 more runs to pass Sachin Tendulkar 15837. His avarage is 56.10.Well cook might do it because he is getting more that 10 mathes every year.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 4:32 GMT)

I feel the same way as KP, but can Cook plays those many matches at Tendulkar is a big question mark.

Posted by raj-cric on (June 27, 2013, 4:32 GMT)

3 reasons why Cook may not pass:

- Sachin started very early (not his fault). Cook, you could have started early too. - Cook will not play until 40, (hopefull) he will has some decency to not run after numbers and let the future stars take over - Even if Cook is shameless, the selectors would show him the door once he hits a bad patch and he is over 35

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (June 27, 2013, 4:29 GMT)

No one can produce more entertainment than him.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 4:28 GMT)

Some where Tendulkar chuckled.

Posted by tanstell87 on (June 27, 2013, 4:25 GMT)

I would like to ask KP what about ODI records of Sachin...Will Cook manage to surpass those too ? a big no....Cook cant even come close to Tendulkar's achievements in test cricket.

Posted by jango_moh on (June 27, 2013, 4:22 GMT)

castles in the air!!! nice!!!!

Posted by cric_J on (June 27, 2013, 4:18 GMT)

A pretty bold statement that by KP. Very bold indeed. But not baseless at all.

Sachin's record is simply huge. Be it the no. of centuries or the no. of runs , he is considerably ahead of the second best players , be it tests or ODIs.

If KP (or someone else ) would have made this statement for any other batsman 3 years ago , I would have laughed my heads off. But not now.

If there is one batsman in the modern era who can actually dream of surpassing Sachin's record , then it has to be Cook. And he has earned his right to not only dream of surpassing Sachin , but also to realise and materialise it.

Cook is not as talented and skilful as Sachin. Neither is his batting and strokeplay as flawless and as easy on the eye as Sachin's. But where he stands toe to toe with Sachin is in terms of determination , grit and focus. He has that same hunger to go on scoring. To go on and on.

And he simply thrives under pressure and responsibility , something that even bogged down Sachin at times.

Posted by xylo on (June 27, 2013, 4:15 GMT)

KP is trying to ruin Indian cricket by making such statements. Now, Sachin will hang on for eternity. And articles about selectors being logical in decisions will continue to flow without any passing reference to the elephant in the room.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 4:13 GMT)

After 163 Innings. Tendulkar Scored Staggering 8499 Runs at avg of 57.81. After 163 Innings. Cook has till date Scored 7524 at avg of 49.17. Those numbers are even worse than Younis Khan and Mohammad Yusuf. The Reason why Tendulkar Lies Exceptionally Ahead of the Pack because he Scored Many Runs in his Peak and when reflexes were good. Whereas Cook was about to be kicked out of Squad before 2010 Ashes. Cook is playing well since Dec, 2010 Brisbane Test, he has long way to go.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 4:05 GMT)

Sachin Tendulkar is a champion who has has test centuries against every test playing nations against various generations of quality pace bowling ,spin and swing .He has faced the best attacks in their backyard and won many tests for the team. He bats at number 4 .He is the spine of the Indian test team for the past couple of decades.He scored tons irrespective of the team's situation

Alistar Cook, you have to face Malcolm Marsh ,Wasim AKram,Shane Warne and Murali to be the greatest..Scoring double centuries against the weakest Australian and weaker West Indies an Srilanka and that too in placid pitches !!!

Posted by sweet2hrme on (June 27, 2013, 4:04 GMT)

Cook can go past Tendulkar - Pietersen ! Surprise to see ..you can say so if you are not playing any kind of International cricket for long time. You beileve or not but i dont think so ..Cook can come close to sachin bt cannt pass sachin records. 8000 runs needed means 5-6 year more. Some time you have good time some time you have bad. Body gets tired when you r getting closer to retirement. So nothing wrong to dream. Long way..N No way !!

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 3:57 GMT)

I feel Tendulkar is actually unlucky that , the number of tests he played isfar lesser in 22 years compared to a player if he was playing for Aus or England. Cook is already going to reach 100 tests in his limited years of international career! While Sachin was playing say, sometimes 7-10 tests a year when he was at his peak ! India/Pak/Sri lanka been playing more ODIs than tests overall. So most of his energies and and talent has to be shown at ODIs and he has done it consistently. Its not his fault people down play his tremendous record overall! I would say if India were focused in tests like Aus , he would have played may be lesser years but more significant achievements in test arena.

Posted by sandy_bangalore on (June 27, 2013, 3:32 GMT)

This is purely a STATISTICAL comparison and Mr KP is absolutely 100 pc right. Cook is a run machine and still very young. And also remember he dosent play T20s and plays ODI cricket far less in volume than what Tendulkar used to play. So i gives him longevity and he can easily break all test records, and retire with heaps of runs and hundreds under his belt. He may not have the strokemaking ability of the 90s Tendulkar, but in terms of statistics he is the equivalent if not better!

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 3:32 GMT)

The beauty of Tendulkar is that even now he wants to play cricket. English cricketers tend to retire early (Strauss, Vaughn, Trescothick come to mind). If Cook is hungry enough to play cricket till he is 38, he might be able to surpass the number of test runs and centuries scored by Sachin. Cook is more like Dravid than Tendulkar when it comes to Talent. A player like Sachin will never walk the face of this earth..and that is a FACT!

Posted by jimwhatever on (June 27, 2013, 3:22 GMT)

if cook is not injured for sometime , what KP said is very much possible. KP didnot say cook is better than SRT. He only said cook will surpass sachin in terms of records

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (June 27, 2013, 3:03 GMT)

Cook has played 92 matches and his average is at 49 at 7000 plus runs. He has to continue another 100 matches at average little more than 50 to break Sachin's 15000 plus runs. He is at 28 years of age. I do not see it is happening. .Now lot of people say Sachin started earlier. WHY Cook did not start earlier..

Posted by merandy on (June 27, 2013, 2:59 GMT)

I doubt Cook can pass Thendulkar's record, not because he is not capable of. Normally non-Asian cricketers do not play Test cricket till their 40's. They just give the opportunity to a younger player when they feel they have played enough and now the time to enjoy the life with their families.

Posted by Sivat2222 on (June 27, 2013, 2:52 GMT)

KP is right. This is not a question of who is the better batsman but it is a question of whether Cook can score more runs than Tendulkar. Tendulkar's achievements appeared unique because he was a great player who started at 16 and plays on till 40 - combinations that are unlikely to ever happen again. But no one anticipated that we will play more Test cricket now than the 1990s! Cook has played 50% more tests a year than Tendulkar has. Who said test cricket is dying!!

Bradman started early enough at 20 and played till 40 too and was super talented. But at less than 3 Tests per year, he played far too few Tests a year to get him the record.

So even if it is not Cook, someone soon enough will beat the record if the no:of Tests played are this high or higher.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 2:51 GMT)

Based on the current scoring of Cook, mathematically it is possible for Cook to surpass Tendulkar's record however looking at the Test future, it may not be possible for Cook to get as much opportunities as Tendulkar got. Also, Indian Board can wait for Tendulkar to decide when to retire irrespective of his age whereas ECB will not allow Cook to continue playing after some age. Based on all these facts, it may not be possible for Cook to overtake Tendulkar's test runs.

Posted by Nrao10 on (June 27, 2013, 2:49 GMT)

Sachin's record is hard to break. Its even harder for an Englishman unless they play a lot out of country venues. Its not their ability I question but for their weather. Sachin's record is completely out of their reach.

Posted by jagansanthanam on (June 27, 2013, 2:48 GMT)

Imran predicted Inzy will be the one who will be on par or even get past Tendulkar. This prediction is no different from others. If any one is closer, it is Kallis. We have seen many top batsmen from the present and the past, have had a great 2-3 years at a trot. They looked though that they could never fail. Cook is probably going through that phase. Statistics aside, Cook is not spoken along side a Ponting or a Tendulakar when it comes to batsmanship!

Posted by GSivaram on (June 27, 2013, 2:45 GMT)

Records are made to be Broken... To achieve STR Record he has to surpass 30 people above him.. All the Best Mr. Cook.

By the Way.. Even KP can try doing that as he is just right behind Mr. Cook in highest Run Getter in TEST.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 2:42 GMT)

Pietersen has knack of stating controversial statements. But look at this statistics The gap between Cook and Tendulkar (Only in terms of Test runs and ceterus paribus conditions) is 8313 runs. This means, at Cook's current average he has to play 84 more matches to equal Tendulkar's record. On an average English cricketers have played Test cricket for 7 years, The English stars like Flintoff, Nasser Hussain and Michael Vaughan have all played for England for not more than 13 years. Cook has already seen 7 years of cricket. Assuming he plays for another 7 years which will make him the longest lasting English player, he still has to play 12 matches per year to equal Tendulkar's record. So basically, Cook needs to be play for 7 more years and play 12 Test matches per year at an average of 49 to equal Tendulkar's record. None of the 3 conditions is possible. KP has to do his math right before he makes stupid claims!!!!

Posted by Edassery on (June 27, 2013, 2:41 GMT)

Impossible! Because western sportsmen retire gracefully at a certain age (even if they started their careers late) but that doesn't happen in India :) But I agree with KP that if someone among the current players could do it in Tests, it's Cook because of his age advantage AND he has proven his mettle all around the world including sub-continent conditions. Kallis could have done it but the age is not on his side.

Posted by whofriggincares on (June 27, 2013, 2:38 GMT)

@front foot lunge, have you ever played cricket? The flat pitches in India are also low and slow, any batsmen will tell you these pitches limit your strokeplay and can be very difficult to score on. Give me a pitch where the ball comes on any day. Your comments continue to confirm that you know very little about our great game.Try looking at things for what they are , Sachin is in the top handfull of batsmen to ever play the game. Cook is a hell of a player and if he continues the way he is going he might be mentioned in the same breath as the little master. Cook himself would read your comments and cringe in embarrassment.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 2:34 GMT)

cook may not be able to score more than sachin. in past i used to thougt many otherz players can too win sachin but in fact it is hard because it requires hardship and many other things. there are many patches where you are not able to score. that time may not be far from cook too. because with every sun rise there is sunset

Posted by typos on (June 27, 2013, 2:33 GMT)

Cook could go close, but aging and form could affect his numbers as it did also to Sachin. A good question might be, who would you pay to watch, given a choice? In answer to that, neither, unless it is the Tendulkar of the mid nineties. Entertainment wise, I don't like watching grafters (what SRT has become); I much prefer the likes of Lara and Ponting of the past and Clarke and KP today.

Posted by Deuce03 on (June 27, 2013, 2:32 GMT)

Cook is now overtaking Tendulkar's achievements at the younger end of the age bracket, but it seems very unlikely he'll play on for as long as Tendulkar has. The way English cricket works, a couple of bad series in his mid-30s and he'll be fighting for his place - and England has fewer sacred cows than India when it comes to dropping icons. He also doesn't have the luxury of playing so many home matches on such flat tracks. On the other hand, there are few if any teams around with the potency of some of the attacks Tendulkar had to face for most of his career, and Cook will probably play more Tests per year than Tendulkar has. It'll probably be close... but then I don't put much faith in aggregate records; they're a test of endurance as much as quality. Tendulkar has scored the most runs and centuries, etc. by some distance, but he's also played the most Tests, by some distance. What is almost certain barring disaster is that he will break every English batting aggregate record.

Posted by aarifboy on (June 27, 2013, 2:25 GMT)

Probably Cook can break Sachin's record, but who's going to break Lara's record of breaking 3 world records of 500,375 and 400?

Posted by Cricket_apostle on (June 27, 2013, 2:25 GMT)

Yes KP's predictions could come off good if Cook plays the same way as he is doing now for the next 7-8 years or so.One of the stats by the members pointed out that cook scored his last 15 centuries in the past 3 years which is amazing.But even then one cant compare cook with sachin beacause sachin has similar records in ODI's as well. Ireally dont think anyone can replicate what sachin has did in both ODI's and Test.Then there is the quality of bowlers faced by both.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 2:21 GMT)

It is a possibility, but not for sure. When Ponting was in prime form, every one thought that he would challenge Tendulkar for the top spot, but he could not. Then there is Kallis. Cook is young and in good form, but you never know when you would go through a lean patch. He is 28 and some 8000 runs to catch with Sachin. Now a quick calculation. He has scored over 7500 runs in 7 years and he needs to play at least 8 years to reach Sachin's current record. Runs will dry up as you cross 33. Remember Sachin is not yet finished, might score another 1500 at least. So Cook really has to maintain his form throughout his career to do that. Keep your fingers crossed!!!

Posted by warneshane on (June 27, 2013, 2:21 GMT)

A very strange to hear about beatingrecords from some one who always vocal against playing for records only. History shows that subcontinent teams have talented skillful batsman. Subcontinent teams rely on these individuals to compete against GIANTS. Where as AUS,ENG,SA have the bunch of equal average players, the subcontinent have one or two talented individuals. These one or two individuals were contributing heavily to their respected team so as to fight against all round & much developed cricket nations. Cricket developed slowly in sub continent because of economic & cricketing culture. Their local levels of cricket were also poor. These individuals were seen in world cricket on their own skillful hard work. When these players performed against giants & resulted in victory for their respected team, the giants were critical of them for playing for records only. Now today these people talks for beating records. So much double standard........ A big lesson for subcontinental fans.

Posted by Shan156 on (June 27, 2013, 2:19 GMT)

Frankly, I cannot care less whether or not Cook surpasses Tendulkar's records. As long as England keep winning and stay at or around the top of the rankings, it really does not matter. Team results are more important than individual records.

Cook has taken captaincy as fish takes to water. What has impressed me the most is, it has not affected his batting at all and he is leading from the front. As long as he keeps contributing and England wins, we England fans have no reason to complain. We don't have any batsman who has scored 10K+ runs (Cook may well be the first to do so, KP may get there, and I tip Root to get it too), no bowler who has taken 400+ wickets but as a team our overall W-L record is better than some teams who possess such batsmen and bowlers. We also have recorded test series wins in all countries since 2000.

Posted by rajababu555 on (June 27, 2013, 2:17 GMT)

What is Pietersen or K P whatever his name is smoking these days. He should pay attention to his future rather than comparing Cook to one of the great batsman like Mr. Sachin Tendulkar..CricketMaan is right KP is returning the favor by saying good stuff about Cook. Let's see how long Mr K P lasts this time....

Posted by Emperador on (June 27, 2013, 2:16 GMT)

How come everyone is just assuming that he will perform this consistently throughout his career... it is extremely hard for anyone to maintain this form for two more years...

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 2:10 GMT)

Records are meant to be broken. I am guessing well before Cook can break the highest run getter there will be many others contending for the same spot. Of-course there are far better players that have not got the kind of uninterrupted run that Cook and SRT have got. Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Africa, India and West Indies have all produced great batters some have been unlucky and are either injured or being dropped for political reasons. KP should acknowledge that . I am sure SRT is humble enough to acknowledge that.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 1:57 GMT)

@hhillbumper - what are u trying to say really. Ofcourse if Cook plays for 23 years he will surpass his record, but that is because he will end up playing lot more matches. The same age sachin made his international debut - Cook and a lot of other very good players from past were probably playing school cricket. Ofcourse he will end playing for 23 years if he makes his debut so early. Surely he deserves credit for cementing his spot at such a young age. Its a shame that people like u are using the fact he started off as a freak as an excuse to demean is achievements, and justify why other players are better. I personally think Sachin should have retired at the end of 2011, although his performances in England and Australia weren't as bad as people make it out to be. But his end career trough wasn't dragged anywhere as near as likes of Ponting, Dravid, kapil Dev yet he always gets the stick.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 1:48 GMT)

Maybe Cook can go past Tendulkar. But as Truman said when asked if his record will be broken - "He will be bloody tired".

Posted by MahaSach on (June 27, 2013, 1:45 GMT)

KP is not comparing Cook with Tendulkar. He is just saying cook will surpass Tendulkar in terms of runs..one is entitled to his opinion.

Posted by AjayB on (June 27, 2013, 1:33 GMT)

I am an Indian fan. And I totally agree with the prediction. In fact, looking at the numbers and consistency shown by Cook, I had reached the same conclusion. Cook may not have a better average (or he may), but he is the one with the best possibility of putting up the numbers and beating Sachin's record. He definitely deserves to, and hopefully will. At some points the partisan adoration for Sachin should subside and rationale should set in. Regardless of whether Cook breaks the record or not, Sachin would always be an icon. Cook is a remarkably consistent player, very very capable and remarkably consistent. He is also a gentleman and classy person. Why not? Let him break the record - he definitely has to work for next 8 years or so - and if he does so, who can be-grudge him? I give him my best and will look forward to it.

Posted by jimbond on (June 27, 2013, 1:30 GMT)

Time and age and tough masters. I had thought that Ponting (and even Dravid & Sehwag) would come close to Tendulkar. While class is said to be permanent, form is fickle and a couple of bad series could ruin one's confidence.. It did happen tot Tendulkar with his tennis elbow, otherwise people were expecting him to do greater things. Ponting's form too gave away suddenly. So did Clarke's back. But then greatness is hardly in terms of runs. Cooke does not give that pleasure to viewers. I would rather watch Tendulkar. The one's whom I preferred watching to Tendulkar- Lara- a bit, others- Crowe, Richards, Zaheer Abbas, Gower, Azharuddin. Aravinda De Silva was also interesting to watch.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 1:23 GMT)

All these talks about Cook scoring more centuries and runs in tests than the little master amuse me a lot. Why on earth people always bring Sachin into picture as the mere talk comparing him with upcoming potential players, makes sense as the little master is mentioned frequently. I feel that like some one said, let Cook score more runs than Lara, Kallis and Ponting and then compare him to Sachin and break his records. Until then just shut up and let others play on. What if Sachin scores more centuries in South Africa and continues to score freely unless he decides to call it a day which is unlikely

Posted by Amit_4_Sachin on (June 27, 2013, 1:15 GMT)

Same has been said about many players who faded away later. No one can even manage to get close to Sachin.

Posted by MinusZero on (June 27, 2013, 1:11 GMT)

I have thought this for some time. I actually thought Graeme Smith might come close too given their ages. Cook might pass Sachin, but his mark on test cricket will not be as reknowned.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 1:08 GMT)

Subcontinental batsmen have endurance to last 38-40 and still perform at close to peak level. White players simply don't have this. So to assume Cook will play another 10 years at peak level is naive. He'll probably peak at 32-33 and then go downhill. Besides, Cook is a lacklustre, technically limited batsman who can't be compared to Tendulkar. I remember until a few years back, Zaheer khan just had to run up to get him LBW. He may have temporarily gotten over his limitations, but with age, they'll creep back in earlier than techincally solid players like Tendulkar.

Posted by dirick on (June 27, 2013, 1:06 GMT)

If anyone has a distant chance of breaking Tendulkar's record it is J. Kallis. Cook has 7524 runs against his name. Kevin should make such a statement if and only if Cook reaches the 12000 mark and Tendulkar is retired. Tendulkar might stretch his Test career to 3 more years as he isn't playing any IPL or ODI anymore, Cook might very well retire at 32. Plus test cricket will be slowly phased out by ICC. So you need to eat your words Kevin and if you will stay unbiased then you have to root for your former countryman Kallis.

Posted by FoollyFedUp on (June 27, 2013, 0:45 GMT)

@cricketmaan : Poor assessment of cricket history maan. While Sachin did have to face the likes of Murali and McGrath, Cook has to face the likes of Steyn, Philander and Ajmal. There are no freebies in Test Cricket. And not that Sachin covered himself with glory against the so called lesser mortals - Siddle, Broad, Swann or Starc. And if KP is supersmart praising his captain, what about Indian players who praise their board !

Posted by RodStark on (June 27, 2013, 0:42 GMT)

The rather sad thing is that, great as I think Cook is, he could well end up holding the record of most test runs for ever because of the increasing lack of interest in playing tests. Of course, this works retroactively too, because players of earlier ages might well have set the bar higher than Tendulkar has achieved if as many tests had been played in those days. So it certainly is true that Cook will not go down as the "greatest" batsman ever, but he might well end up with the record for runs and centuries just by playing in an era of many tests..

Posted by YS_USA on (June 27, 2013, 0:13 GMT)

First, let him score 10,000 runs in test cricket. No British player has done it so far, so that will be a great achievement.

Posted by kensohatter on (June 27, 2013, 0:06 GMT)

As an Aussie fan it pains me to recognise the absolute talent that Alistair Cook undoubtedly is. He is a run machine however I cant see him breaking Tendualkers record simply because there is no way the poms (or cook himself) will allow him to hang around for the necessary time in the twilight of his career simply to break personal records. Only India carry players and their record reflects it.

Posted by bobpeecee on (June 27, 2013, 0:03 GMT)

So what if Cook surpasses Tendulkar's record. He will never be a great. A true great is one who will draw crowds (around the world) and who the younger generation would like to emulate. Cook is a boring player to watch, does not play attractive cricket and so will not draw people to stadiums to watch him bat. His limited overs record is non existent and as long as he's the ODI captain England will not win a 50 over competition.

One more thing, I don't hear kids saying they want to play like him except for maybe in England.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2013, 23:44 GMT)

May be Cook is in Form of his life but there are lean patched as well which a player has to counter , Tendulkar too has suffered from these patches , Let's see how Cook respond in coming years.........

Posted by H_Z_O on (June 26, 2013, 23:33 GMT)

Nowhere has KP suggested Cook is as good as Tendulkar. He simply suggested he could go past his numbers. And while a few people have correctly pointed out that Cook can't come close to Tendulkar's ODI numbers, I don't think KP meant that, but I can see that technically he did say "Tendulkar's numbers", which would include all formats. Also he said he's "on target" to, and that he could, not that he would. I'm not sure anyone will, but right now Cook's probably got the best chance. I see that a few have mentioned Kallis. He's 2700 runs behind and only 2 years younger than Sachin. If Sachin retired tomorrow, Kallis would need 1350 a year, and if Cook was to retire at the same age (40), he'd need 693 runs a year. Of course this all if buts and maybes, Kallis could retire before Sachin, Cook could retire at 32, who knows? But if (and it's a big if) Cook maintains this form and plays until he's Sachin's age he could overtake Sachin's Test match numbers. I doubt it, but it's not impossible.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (June 26, 2013, 23:23 GMT)

All non-sense ....

If Lara's career was not cut short by WICB POLITICS .......

Lara would have been 1st to 12,000 - 13,000 and possibly 14,000 runs ....

Lara was about to announce his retirement from ODI cricket .... and WICB forced his to completely retire from international cricket .....

(just like what they TRIED to do to Gayle and Chanderpaul) ..........

Posted by Chris_P on (June 26, 2013, 23:09 GMT)

Gee KP, you really do know how to stir the pot. I actually don't mind your weird sense of humour, it did get the reaction you hoped it would. Still chuckling.

Posted by WonkyBail on (June 26, 2013, 23:01 GMT)

Of course you can compare the 2 players, cricket is one of the most statistical games there is with averages being the yardstick for batsmen and bowlers alike. I think it is a salient point that Cooky is an opening batsman and so faces the new ball, and when batting second he has been on the field (as captain) and commences batting with no rest. It is all a matter of opinion but I know one thing Cook is taller and better looking.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (June 26, 2013, 22:55 GMT)

Cook will play for a another 5 years that's if doesn't get burnt out ... Or media will drive him out when England cricket team has hard times ..

Posted by   on (June 26, 2013, 22:51 GMT)

Once the English media said "Dean Headley" is better than Dennis Lillee....just guess what actually happened !!!!

Posted by   on (June 26, 2013, 22:44 GMT)

After reading this article Sachin is not going to retire atleast for couple of years. :)

Posted by neilvirani on (June 26, 2013, 22:41 GMT)

I don't think there will be an issue with Cook's form.

The question is whether he will have the desire to continue touring as he gets into his 30's and further.This will become more pronounced as his family develops and he doesn't want to be away as much.

For me, that's the amazing thing about Tendulkar - his desire to continue playing for so long.

Posted by android_user on (June 26, 2013, 22:37 GMT)

I agree. I think in tests cook can very well beat Tendulkar. Guys. look at his record and age. very possible. But overall...I mean 100 100s...I doubt that

Posted by jb633 on (June 26, 2013, 22:15 GMT)

@hhillbumper, come on mate what a pointless post that is. I am the biggest fan of Cook but he is not as good as Tendulkar. Sachin used to stand out in an average side and back in the day he was the ultimate entertainer. I have little time for the modern India players but Sachin is a legend of cricket. Cook may beat the umber of runs Tendulkar scores but I would always rather watch a Sachin ton than a Cook ton. Cook is the best English batsmen I have seen in the last 20 years, he has the best mental capabilities and can get tough runs. I am excited to see him in the upcoming ashes series and see him up against a decent seam attack. Cook demands lots of respect as well as Sachin.

Posted by AvidCricFan on (June 26, 2013, 22:06 GMT)

SRT is one of the best contemporary batsmen. KP is right in comparing Cook with SRT based on his current record. If he stays as long as SRT has stayed and test cricket is still being played as much as it has been in the past, he may break his record. However, one player that is close to surpassing SRT is Kallis. He is 37 right now and generally fit. He is only 7 test centuries away from equaling SRT's record. He has been prolific run scorer in the test matches and has higher batting average than SRT. If he plays for two or three more years, he has decent chances to surpass SRT. I doubt SRT will add much to his tally at this point considering how he has played in the recent past.

Posted by android_user on (June 26, 2013, 22:06 GMT)

as it is in the realm of possibility when taking into account age, number Tests England play each year, the dearth of world class bowling... i am not sure if i'm glad or dismayed that such as unassuming player with stark limitation and a lack of flair that's accompanied most greats on the all time list could statistically become the world's highest scoring bat. However, i believe we had the ignominy of having Kapil Dev lead the bowling stats once upon a time.

Posted by PPD123 on (June 26, 2013, 21:59 GMT)

Cook is surely at the height of his powers. Whether he gets to tendulkar's record will depend on him maintaining his form, fitness, enthusiasm and hunger. He will definitely break every English batting record (to be honest they are mediocre for a country that has played cricket for ever). Overall record might be a bit of a challenge but you never know. As they say, records are meant to be broken, but given the headstart Sachin had (in terms of age when he started ) it will be one heck of a journey from here on for Cook if he has to come close or break it... I think Sachin is going to retire after the SAF series at the end of this year, after he completes 200 test matches.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (June 26, 2013, 21:57 GMT)

Hi I am not a big fan of Sachin but talking about cook that he can break the record of tendulker is quite unbelievable .i did see many players those have tendency to score big runs but they have that form for few years .not like tendulker he got the best form throughout his career .

Posted by IPSY on (June 26, 2013, 21:48 GMT)

I don't think there is anything surprising about KP's remark! SRT is a good batsman and good enough that after batting in so many innings (327), he is expected to at least produce the number of runs he has scored. But the myth about him is the higher heights that his fans want to put him! If he were at those heights, trust me, he would have scored another 3000 runs after playing for 25 years non stop! In fact, any player as good as Cook would not need 327 innings to score 15000+ plus runs. Any player who is better that Tendulkar, FOR EXAMPLE PIETERSEN HIMSELF would score another 3000+ runs if he were given the sort of run that "only Tendulkar" has been given! And saying that I'll now emphatically say that no other player in modern cricket will surpass Tendulkar. Which other batsman in the world is so loved by his compatriots that they would allow him to play out of form for almost 4 years in one instance, and now again, out of form going into 3 consecutive years and not being DROPPED?

Posted by   on (June 26, 2013, 21:40 GMT)

KP poor guy trying to show his love towards his captain ... As tendulkar is the greatest of all time he cant use any other players name , so nothing wrong in what KP said... Hard task COOK .... Seriously u said this KP wow :p

Posted by PatrickJM on (June 26, 2013, 21:37 GMT)

If - and it is a big if - Cook can pass Tendulkar's run-scoring record, then it will leave the sport of cricket in an interesting place where its highest achiever statistically was a player of (in historical terms, and in comparison to greats both modern and otherwise) modest talent. It will indicate indubitably that cricket, and batting in particular, is primarily a game of mental fortitude, an attribute which Cook has in spades.

Posted by gsingh7 on (June 26, 2013, 21:28 GMT)

@jg- if u r good enough then ur old enough. sachin was brimmimng with talent at 16 and india needed world class batsmen then. so he played young and scored centuries against some of the best bowlers that world have seen. cook on the other hand is an accumulator rather a dominant batsman as sachin is.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2013, 21:15 GMT)

@Puneet Talwar It's because of the number of "Not Outs", otherwise Cooks Average is not much different to Tendulkar :)

Posted by TM on (June 26, 2013, 21:06 GMT)

For me even if Cook beats the MASTER he will nver compare to the master as cook cant tear apart an attack whearas as tendulkar could take on the best fast bowlers on the greenest bounciest picthes and spinners on the rank turners

Posted by Cricfan_99 on (June 26, 2013, 21:05 GMT)

KP - in your dreams mate! someone who's not even in the same league as ponting, kallis, dravid, Lara - let alone sachin who belongs to different level altogether.. tall order!.. someone who plays 14-16 tests a year to the "Man" who played ~8-10 matches/year and still lagging in test average behind the master .. no arguments there...and if Indian pitches are such a batting paradise - please remind me of how much Ian bell/Trott or even ponting average here ? next to nothing - Vanity talk by Eng players(Both past and present) as usual - no surprises there.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2013, 21:05 GMT)

being Indians no one is going to take this story that some one can actually surpass sachin's record that too in test cricket...but the form cook has shown off late...if he continues that...agree or not ...he is going to break all test records....including the most number of centuries and most runs...and he has more chances because fatigue troubled sachin in his mid 20's and 30's , due to excessive odi's .....that same thing is not going trouble cook as now a days there are less odi's and more t20's , but as we know cook doesnt play t20's....

a class player ...respect from india :)

Posted by cricketeria on (June 26, 2013, 21:04 GMT)

Relax Tendulkar fans. Records are made to be broken. Sachin's records will be broken too in the test And ODI arena. Also, Cook has already played more match-winning innings than Tendulkar. At the end of the day, cricket is a sport that you win or lose. It's not a bank account where you accumulate runs like rupees, as Tendulkar did.

Posted by McGorium on (June 26, 2013, 21:01 GMT)

I like how people go "SRT played most of his games on flat pitches"... And Ponting didn't? Most aussie pitches in the 90's and 00's were batting friendly. Perth isn't the monster it used to be during the Thomson and Lillee era; Adelaide and Sydney are boderline subcontinental wickets with a bit more bounce (offies get wickets there), and Melbourne is quite flat too. Brisbane probably helps the quicks a bit more, but they're all good batting surfaces with true bounce, and not much lateral movement once the ball is a few overs old. The Kookaburra ball stops swinging pretty quickly. If you can play off the backfoot, runs can be made at a quick pace. (If you can play spin, you can score quickly in the subcontinent too. Ask Michael Clarke.). Australia dominated that era because of two outstanding bowlers in Warne and McGrath, who could take wickets in any conditions. In recent times, Aussie pitches have started getting more "juice" but certainly not when Ponting was plundering visiting side

Posted by wibblewibble on (June 26, 2013, 20:58 GMT)

First of all - I'm English, support Essex and Cook is my favourite current player! If Cook is lucky he will maybe get close to Sachin's run tally, but conclusively, from his #1 fan, he will never ever be as good as Tendulkar! Not even in the same class.

Posted by JG2704 on (June 26, 2013, 20:54 GMT)

@ eee255 on (June 26, 2013, 19:04 GMT) RE

"Tendulkar was one person who cant be compared with others"

It's quite funny , because whenever a great batsman is talked about there is an obsession with some folk having to compare with Sachin. But seriously I think you're correct with the rest of it. Sachin had a head start on many modern day players in that he started so early

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (June 26, 2013, 20:52 GMT)

That's a very bold prediction by KP. Tendulkar at his peak averaged almost 59.00, whereas Cook being at his best right now is only 49 . Even if Cook end up playing more games than Sachin, he will still end up short. Kallis is the only one likely to go past him right now.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (June 26, 2013, 20:49 GMT)

Yea Do Agree with KP. Cook is only 28 and already have 25 test 100. He should be able to score 25 more in next 8-9 years if he keep playing like this. I know it is a big IF but I believe he has the ability

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (June 26, 2013, 20:43 GMT)

@ Front-Foot-Lunge (June 26, 2013, 19:00 GMT) your 'not as much on the grassy pitches of England' comments only highlights your ignorance. SRT scored his first century as 17yr old at Old Trafford. He scored 114 on a lightning fast WACA pitch as 19yr old against McDermott Merv Hughs Reiffel and Warne and 169 with Azharuddin against Donald and Pollack in Cape Town in what many regard as one of the finest partnerships ever. As for numbers, Cook average certainly improves no end against India and has not faced the quality of bowling that Tendulkar has in his career. Sir Don Bradman paid the ultimate accolade to the Little Genius which trumps anything we can say when he said that Tendulkar is only batsman reminds him of himself. YouTube has many clips of his SRT's genius when he was at the peak of his powers and with all due respect to Cook, good player that he is, doesn't even come close to Tendulkar in his prime.

Posted by CricFan78 on (June 26, 2013, 20:37 GMT)

Good luck to Cook. It does not matterthough because everyone remembers Edmund Hillary for reaching their first ....

Posted by CricketMaan on (June 26, 2013, 20:35 GMT)

KP is super smart! Cook gave KP a life by getting him back in the XI for Tests in India and also partnered him in that marathon innings in Mumbai to win the test and the series, so its obvious he is returning the favour to Cook. SRT scored a lot of his runs against McDermott, Hughes, Ambrose, Walsh, Bishop, Waqar, Wasim, Donalld, Polly, Vass, Murali, Warne, Mcgrath, Lee to name a few. That is legendary stuff. Cook for all his records and greatness is playing against some average bowling expect Steyn, Lee and a few others. Cook is very very good, but only time will tell though yes he has the potential to be the greatest for English. And SRT scored all those while he was still scoring tons in ODIs that is double load!!!!

Posted by   on (June 26, 2013, 20:29 GMT)

There's a reason why Tendulkar is unmatched.. SEVERAL such players were capable of overtaking Sachin's records for having shown immense form and ability to score in different situations over say, 5 years.. Sachin has done it for over 20 years consistently! Agreed he has been only half as good in the past 2 years but still it was 21 years of sheer brilliance. I'd wait until Cook goes past legends like Lara, Dravid, Kallis and Ponting before taking his case against Sachin THE BEST! Sachin was in his best form when his team played as a team covering for each other's failures.. Now, England has a team that's world class and has several batsmen who could put up a fight until there is light.. It would be interesting to see how Cook does when rest of the team struggles badly.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2013, 20:28 GMT)

Although Cook may surpass Sachin's achievements in the Test arena, he'll never match him in the ODI format. That's what made Sachin a complete batsman -- he did well in both Tests and ODIs. Sachin has also managed a healthy average against pretty much every Test playing nation, and has made runs in all kinds of conditions ranging from fast & bouncy, seaming or spinning. Forget stats for a while though: the younger Sachin (at the same age Cook is right now) was fundamentally a much more watchable player. He was capable of dominating attacks to the point of appearing invincible, whereas Cook is more of an accumulator who likes to wear attacks down. While they're both great players, there's no denying that on every level Sachin remains the best batsman of the modern era, and that will remain true irrespective of whether Cook surpasses his runs or not.

Posted by Cricfacts on (June 26, 2013, 20:27 GMT)

Absolutely true. Cook is the one man who can surpass Sachin test record if he plays for another 8-10 years.

Posted by Young_Hindustani on (June 26, 2013, 20:25 GMT)

Guys Guys to break sachin's record he will have to play another decade he will be 29 by the time he plays his 100 th test and I suppose he will have abt 8000 test runs. now sachin had allmost double amount of runs then him and played twice as more. cook is been playing for all most 8 yrs now, he needs to play another 8-10 yrs. and those who saying Sachin played on sub-continent wickets should remember pitches in India spins and pitches in england swings, its challenging to score in both cases.

never forget 'SACHIN is not DONE YET'

Posted by rayfanatics on (June 26, 2013, 20:23 GMT)

England plays 14 tests a year while Tendulkar doesn't even have 10 tests annually. When Sachin started his career, India were handed test matches like pennies in a begging bowl which means that at the peak of his powers, Tendulkar did not have the opportunity to put his stats in overdrive. If Sachin had those chances he would be atleast another 2000 ahead and all these cooks and butlers could have played for 25 years and still not got close. Nothing against Cook, decent albeit stiff batsman , but where was he when the Aussies were at the peak of their powers. His record against the Proteas too isn't that great.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2013, 20:11 GMT)

Records are made to be broken one day. If Cook plays consistently as Tendulkar for another 10 years without missing any test then he will surely be go past that record. Right now bowlers are watching out his weakness and in the present cricket teams there isn't any great bowlers like Mc Grath or Shane Warne or Muralidaran. What ever no English player is been so consistently be with good form for many years. Lot was said about Kevin Pieterson capabilities as cricketer but what happened injures haunted him. I hope that don't be with cook or Root. In my personal view consistency, being fit for so many years, make debut at such a young age and lot of expectations were what Sachin carried in his whole career. No cricketer will be able to touch is records for at least 20 years or so. Only time will tell.

Posted by maximus16 on (June 26, 2013, 20:11 GMT)

Agree Cook is one of Modera Era Greats. In 7 years hes scored 7524 runs. Lets say he plays another 7 years (35yrs), even if he scores another 7524 runs he still would not beat Sachins record. Peterson is right that Cook is one of the great test players and he will be an English Legend when he eventually retires. I do however doubt if he will beat Sachins record.

I do also think Sachin has another 500 runs left in him in International Test Cricket.

Posted by nlambda on (June 26, 2013, 19:57 GMT)

Challenge for Cook is the same as Tendulkar faced: maintaining high level of performance over a long time. At one time SRT looked like he would score 18,000 test runs, but then his form dropped horribly and he averaged around 30 for quite a few years. Cook's fitness, particularly after hitting age 30, would be significant.

Posted by gtr800 on (June 26, 2013, 19:47 GMT)

Tendulkar may have scored runs in the sub-continent. But this doesn't mean that runs are easier to come by- most sub continent wickets turn. If you want to look at players failing at spin all you have to look at is the latest England vs India final- when major England plays - root, trott, bell couldn't score of spin to save their life. So, its absolutely ridiculous to say spin is easier to play than fast bowling- Infact the highest wicket takers are spinners- murli & warne. Even if Cook somehow manages to stay fit/form & plays for 10 years to beat sachin's record- who cares? Seriously, Tendulkar was a joy to watch in ODI's and Tests. Cook style of play is that of a run accumulator quite similar to trotts. People forget its not just about winning - its about winning with style.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2013, 19:33 GMT)

Cook can go past Tendulkar only in TEST cricket but never in ODI format. It might make Cook a great test player but never as great as Tendulkar in all formats of the Game. No doubt cook is a really good player, But do not compare him with Tendulkar for overall achievements.

Posted by gop_cricket on (June 26, 2013, 19:32 GMT)

With all due respect to Indian and Indian cricket fans, I too think Cook is one player who might break records in test cricket, not positive in ODI but yes test cricket he is playing very nicely and all should remember he is also carrying the burden of England captency.,

Posted by BMDeep on (June 26, 2013, 19:30 GMT)

@George : Nice work mate. Dat compilation of urs shld definitely need some appreciation. @Adil : Its not only abt sacin's dude, records nd rules r always meant to b broken. Lets hope der will b one person who can accomplish dat massive task for u, for me nd for d entire cricket world to cheer abt.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (June 26, 2013, 19:27 GMT)

No way!!!!! Tendulkars record can't break by cook for sure.Lets see.

Posted by android_user on (June 26, 2013, 19:26 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge What is your point exactly? Sachin played on turning tracks mostly and we all know how good Brits play in the subcontinent. Fact is Indians can play genuine fast bowling as good as Brits play quality spin. About Cook piling up runs in the last few years doesn't mean he is even going to finish in the top three! Ponting was supposed to break Sachin's record, remember what happened to that?

Posted by   on (June 26, 2013, 19:25 GMT)

Firstly lets look at the stats:-

Sachin:- Test- Runs-15837 Avg-53.86 ODI-Runs-18426 Avg-38.85 Cook:- Test-Runs-7524 Avg-49.17 ODI-Runs- 2681 Avg-38.85

Even though currently Cook is at his best his average much less than that of Sachin.Don't get me wrong,he is an outstanding player but to match with the legends of game like Lara,Dravid and Ponting you have to play consistently all over the world.Even if Cook comes close to these players one must remember that these legends played in the era where we had quality bowlers like Mcgrath,Warne,Murali,Wasmin the other greats.I am pretty sure Cook faced neither of them at their prime! So lets end the issue of Cook of breaking Sachin records and just accept him as a very good player.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2013, 19:25 GMT)

how can you compare with Sachin runs? he has 35000 runs in his name...Cook is just a test batsman and he started playing one days recently.

Posted by sankurian on (June 26, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge @hhillbumper : Sachin had hit 6 hundreds in Australia, 5 in South Africa, 4 in England. Do you think they are flat pitches? Will cook be able to get same batting average as Sachin in Australia? Please don't be so optimistic and ignore the facts.

Posted by screamingeagle on (June 26, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

@ Front-Foot-Lunge, suggest you make comments without being biased.

Posted by BMDeep on (June 26, 2013, 19:23 GMT)

@hhillbumper,@frontfootlounge : Mates, u've got to b kidding me. Lets jus say Brodman made his runs only against Eng(mostly) and played only in Aus nd Eng(mostly). So does dat make hs record of 99.96 avg a joke? grow up dudes. For d ppl who compares pitches in diff countries, they r probably dumb or immature to ignore d effect of climate in those respective countries on pitches. And for those who questn abt hs avg's in Eng,so called unplayable seaming wkts, it is 54.31 in 17 matches. This is more than his career avg of 53.8.And his avg in Aus is 53.20 in 20 matches.(stats courtesy cricinfo). So,know wat u r talking abt before posting ur comment. I can do nothing but pity abt ur ignorance

Posted by   on (June 26, 2013, 19:22 GMT)

No doubt Alaister Cook is one of the finest test batsmen Cricket ever Produced and certainly capable of breaking so many record but if he has to come any near to sachin's trolly he has to perform at his peak till next coming 8-10 years and we all ll know nobody can remain at his peak form throughout his career. I m also very great fan of cook and i also wish him Good Luck. -Big Fan Of INDIAN CRICKET

Posted by king78787 on (June 26, 2013, 19:21 GMT)

Cook is the new Sachin. FACT

Posted by test_cricket_is_real_cricket on (June 26, 2013, 19:17 GMT)

Cook, if he continues to play like this, will surely go down as one of the game's greats, but lets not forget that he is presently in the form of his life, and he has to continue to be in this form for "atleast another 10 years (which is next to impossible) " to even come close to Tendulkar. The thing that makes tendulkar the greatest is even 10 years after his peak at 36-37, he was aggregating runs averaging over 56... There will be a form dip for Cook, and how he comes out of it should be interesting... He should finish at 12000-13000, but he'll have to be 'Bradman-esque' to look 'Tendulkar-esque'

Posted by   on (June 26, 2013, 19:16 GMT)

@hhillbumper: No doubt, Cook has the potential of breaking SRTs record but your comment about SRT is pathetic! Average of 53.20 in Aus, 51.73 in Eng with 10 100s, 15 50s in 37 matches. No to mention great test hundreds against the likes of Donald and Steyn in South Africa.

For the record, SRT has a better average than Cook on 'flat wickets' in England, RSA & NZ! And his runs in Australia were against the best attack in the world, not easy runs Cook scored against a mediocre Aussie attack last time around.

If anything, Cook has a better average than Tendulkar in India. Go figure who is a flat track bully :-)

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (June 26, 2013, 19:13 GMT)

It won't be easy for any player to break sachin's record in any format..he can still make its numbers increasing as he will playing test format for minimum of 2 years more.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2013, 19:08 GMT)

Bold prediction! But safer to bet against. Here's why. Cook's been playing 7 yrs, giving an avg. of abt 1075 runs/yr. If is to overhaul SRT he'd need to score about 1200+ runs/yr for the next 7 years. This is a real tough ask and it also assumes that either SRT retires now (not happening) or SRT will be adding only meagre scores to his tally (can't bet on it always). Plus Cook would retire at 33-34, SRT will continue play. However, I'm willing to agree that if Cook crosses the 14K by the time he is 33/34 he should be held as a more consistent bat than SRT.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (June 26, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

But Tendulkar played on flat Indian wickets and not as much on the grassy pitches of England. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see how this one fact affect a batsman's batting average or number of runs scored. Just because Cook has piled on the runs against teams like India and Australia in the last few years, he still has to play most of his games on seaming pitches. As does KP.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2013, 18:53 GMT)

Sooner or later, Tendulkar's record is going to over-powered. C'mon Indians!! I expect better of you guys..

Posted by   on (June 26, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

Cook is a very good batsmen and a very good leader...he is going to bring lot of success to England test team. If he continues his good form for the next 7-8 years I think he will achieve those 15000 test runs for sure..but it will take a great deal to be fit, consistent and positive. Matching the 51 centuries with Tendulkar will be very tough...and don't forget Tendulkars supremacy in ODIs, Cook will have to climb whole another mountain to reach Sachin's ODI records. All in all 100 hundreds is not a Joke....like Lara's 400* is not a Joke and Bradman's 99.96 test average is definitely not a joke.

Posted by hhillbumper on (June 26, 2013, 18:46 GMT)

why would you want to compare Cook to Tendulkar.Cook scores tough runs at the front and has played innings to win games.When was the last time Tendulkar won a game.Lets face it if Cook played on flat pitches in India he would cremate Tendulkars records!! Lets face it has taken Tendulkar 23 years so far.

Posted by Munkeymomo on (June 26, 2013, 18:42 GMT)

Bold Kev, bold. He'll be Englands top scorer but beat Tendulkar? hmm... doubt it.

Posted by Batmanindallas on (June 26, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

Cook can definitely go past Tendulkar provided he plays for next 15 years. In India Tendulkar will never be dropped, Cook will not get a free pass like that from English Selectors....

Posted by Lara213 on (June 26, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

On this occasion I agree with KP, I don't see why not. A lot of top batsman don't start to get into their stride until late in thier career, like Goochie and Steve Waugh. I think Waugh didn't make his first century until his 25th test and only had an average in the low 30s by mid career but ended with an avergae over 50. Cook at only 27 has already amassed records as an English batsman and if he were to enjoy a similar improvement curve might even challenge Graham Pollock's position behind Bradman. I think an average of over 60 is a distinct possiblity.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

Cook is on his way to be regarded as one of the greats of his generation along with Amla and Michael Clarke. Tendulkar's numbers are staggering and so is his longevity, if Cook can keep the intensity and love of the game going, I have no doubt he could match or overtake SRT. Another thing that strikes me is his down to earth approach and no hints of arrogance- this is what makes the likes of SRT, Sangakarra, Murali, Amla, Kallis so loved all over.

Posted by vaidyakaushal on (June 26, 2013, 18:25 GMT)

No doubt that Cook is very good batman but reaching near tendulakar's score is far a dream. Let's look why. He has been around from last 7 years and he has played tremendously good. He has scored around 7500+ run. If he continues same way for another 7 years without having lean period than he will be 15000 runs. I doubt that he will be able to continue for 7 more years, even if he does than I doubt that there would be that many test matches in next 7 years. You know... T20 is picking up.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

Really!! I don't think so ,so K.P concentrate on your batting

Posted by yogesh.gg on (June 26, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

Indeed Cook is doing almost as good as Sachin at his age , but let's not get carried away. He will need to carry this form for next 8-10 years to surpass Sachin which won't be easy at all. One thing is sure Cook is going to be one of the best test batsmen of all time from England. I wish him good luck.-Indian fan.

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