Let it be made clear to everyone that Alastair Cook CAN break Sachin Tendulkar’s run record.
Let's take good look at the England captain’s journey so far which would make the point crystal clear for everyone. March 1 2006, Nagpur: Alastair Cook made his debut against a strong Indian side.
Wonders were expected from the Gloucester-born batsman and he didn’t disappoint anyone.
Cooky as he is known scored 60 and 104* and the loss of absent opener Marcus Trescothick wasn’t felt in the match.
Cook became only the 16th Englishman to score a century on debut and 5th only to score both a hundred and a fifty in the very first match.
His second test performance didn’t live up to his first and he missed the third one due to stomach illness.
Next came the home series against Sri Lanka in which the Essex player was yet again excellent and the following series against Pakistan was the turning point of his career as he scored 403 runs which included two consecutive centuries- one at Lord’s, one at Old Trafford.
He followed this up with a 40 and 83 at Oval and hence was given the Young Player of The Year Award and nominated for ICC Emerging Player of The Year.
Though his ODI career was still young, his test batting looked more like a master.
Captain Cook was then selected for the disastrous (for England) Ashes 2006-07 Series.
Though he couldn’t do much in the first two tests, the third test saw him batting for over six hours and scoring his fourth test century (119)- a feat that had never been achieved by any Englishman at the age of 22.
The interesting thing about this ton was that it was only the third century by an England player on the tour. Another feat was achieved by him on December 28 2006 at Melbourne as he got his 1000th test run and became only the second player after Mark Taylor to do so in maiden year.
Soon after this, Cook got figures of 105, 106 and 118 against West Indies and Sri Lanka respectively. He was soon the focus for many observers and also earned the nickname ' The Left Handed Bradman".
Now came the year 2008 which was quite disastrous for the 23-year-old as he didn’t manage a single century in the year. Questions now were started to be asked but the Boy Wonder was mature enough now to answer his critics with a something special.
This was actually the first and the last time that anyone questioned his ability. 2009 saw him scoring heavily yet again and everyone was tempest tossed to see him doing so.
With best figures of 160, 139* and 118 in the very same year, Cook was selected for the Ashes series in 2009 and though he didn’t do anything special except for a 95 at Lord’s, he was handed over the captaincy of the English team for the tour to Bangladesh, during which he hit a then career best of 173. He became the second youngest player after Sachin Tendulkar to score 4,000 test runs.
Now came the most scintillating period of Alastair Cook’s career- the Ashes in 2010/11. This was something very special.
Want to see what he did? 235*, 189, 148, 82 and 67- these all are his best scores of the series. You are seeing it right. He broke plenty of records by the end of this series including a world record of batting for over 36 hours at the crease.
He was awarded the man of the series as well. No loss of form followed as he got best figures of 133, 106 and 294 in 2011 and got the test captaincy finally in 2012 when England toured India.
Again, with best figures of 190, 176 and 122 in the series, he got man of the series award and won a test series for England in India after 28 years. Taking a look at some of his records now, He is the youngest to score 7,000 test runs, first captain ever to score century in first five tests and many more.
Clearly, he is even ahead of the Little Master in terms of everything. Also, he has scored 4147 runs since 2010 which is the highest by any player.
He has around 8,000 more runs to get, more than double his current total, but if he can maintain his current form then he should be close when it is time for the England man to call it a day.
With class, patience, a supreme technique and never out of form kind of reputation, Cooky is well on the road to break the record. With the great man about to retire from the game, are we seeing the heir to his throne emerge already?
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