Australia in India 2008-09 October 22, 2008

Lara tips Ponting as next record-holder

Cricinfo staff

Ricky Ponting congratulates Sachin Tendulkar on becoming the world's top run-getter in Tests © AFP

Brian Lara believes that Ricky Ponting can eventually take the Test run-scoring record from Sachin Tendulkar, who overtook Lara's mark of 11,953 runs on Friday. Lara said there was no better person he could have passed the mantle on to than Tendulkar, who he said had been "a great for so many years".

Lara held the world record for nearly three years, having passed Allan Border's milestone in Adelaide in November 2005. Tendulkar is nearly two years older than Ponting and has a lead of almost 2000 runs on him, but Lara expects Ponting to be the next man to top the Test tally.

"I would think that he [Ponting] still has 30 or 40 Tests matches [left] under his belt," Lara said while visiting Australia this week. "He has already gone past 10,000 runs, so it is one of those records that if you play long enough and you score runs consistently, you are capable of doing it."

Tendulkar, 35, overhauled Lara's total during the second Test against Australia in Mohali. Lara knew his record would not stand forever and he said he was pleased that it was Tendulkar who succeeded him as the greatest run scorer.

"[There is] no better individual or batsman in the world that could go past you, or maybe you can pass the mark on to, than Sachin Tendulkar," Lara said. "He has been a great for so many years and is someone who is deserving of such a record. So I just want to wish him the best.

"To have held it for a couple of years is good. [I have] a couple more records in the bag so I've still got a few to hold on to. But it's a feeling that I've had my opportunity. To get there first of all and to achieve it and hold that mark for a period of time is great in itself. There was no sadness at all."

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  • R on October 23, 2008, 6:18 GMT

    Why is cricinfo obssessed with the Aussies? Lara praised many things about Tendulkar but cricinfo's headline is about Ponting! Lara and Tendulkar are both great batsmen and have played the game in the best traditions of the game.They have let the willow do the talking. Ponting is a good batsman but not a role model for his behaviour. He has played the game wiythout any integrity and it would be a big shame if he were to become a record holder. Future generations will never be able to call cricket a gentleman's game and Ponting is one of the most significant reasons for this. I know cricinfo does not publish any opinion which is against Ponting and the Ausies but please don't mislead about all that Lara said.

  • Raghava on October 23, 2008, 4:42 GMT

    I really agree with krishna Kapadia. Sir Donald Bradman was the grestest Batsman there was and there ever will be. However, in this era, Sachin and Lara both were really great. However, like Lara said, Ponting might be the next player to cross the highest test runs. However, the 400 runs record of Lara can only be broken by one player. You cannot take Viru out of the equation. He is a destructive player. He already crossed 300 mark twice. If he commits himself, 400 is not going to be a problem for him. I am happy for Sachin for achieving the record and hope he still plays for a India for some time to come. You know what would be better, after Sachin retires, he can be India's coach. That would be awesome. I'd love to see that happen. :D

  • sdfasdf on October 23, 2008, 3:01 GMT

    I hear u in saying that LARA is a classy batsman in test and prolly one of the best that ever played in test cricket. LARA did have that one fine innings of 400 runs and was consistent throughout his career, but so was TENDULKAR and PONTING. you cannot say Lara is in a class of his own when thiers players like SACHIN and PONTING and DRAVID and KALLIS and HUSSEY who have played really well with avges above 50 throughout.

    If there is a player who deserves a class of there own its Sir Donald Bradman. Who was a few runs short of having a avg of 100 in test cricket. that's my thoughts and would'nt be surprised if Brian Lara him agrees with me.

  • Mohsin on October 22, 2008, 21:44 GMT

    Mr. Brian Charles Lara is undoubtedly the greatest batsman I've seen in my 24 years. No matter, whoever surpasses his record of the leading run scorer, he would be the greatest. He had been a great threat for the greatest bowlers of his era. His record of highest innings score in tests (400 not out), in my opinion, is unconquerable. No Sachin or Ricky can ever reach his class.

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