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first_imgAlastair Cook, on Monday, became the first England cricketer to cross the 10,000-run mark in Test cricket, and the youngest overall, beating Sachin Tendulkar’s record by five months by reaching the milestone at the age of 31 years and five months.The England captain also is in line to go past Tendulkar Test aggregate, according to former India captain Sunil Gavaskar.Tendulkar, who ended his Test career with 15921 runs, was 31 years, 10 months 20 days old when he scored his 10,000th run in 2005.”Well the big advantage that England always has is that they are always playing a minimum of 11-12 Test matches on an average in a year. In 11-12 Test matches even if you score 50 runs per Test match you are getting about 500 runs every year,” Gavaskar told NDTV.”So over the next 6-7 years there might be a period when he (Cook) might have a terrific year where he might score a 1000 runs so that will certainly give him a chance. He has got age on his side, he is also one of the very fit players. He is less than 32 years and if he plays for 6-8 more years he has got a very good chance,” he said.’COOK’S ACHIEVEMENT MORE SPECIAL’Cook is the 12th batsman and only the second opener to get to 10,000 runs in Tests, after Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis, Rahul Dravid, Kumar Sangakkara, Brian Lara, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Mahela Jayawardene, Allan Border, Steve Waugh and Gavaskar himself.Cook achieved the feat during England’s nine-wicket victory over Sri Lanka at Durham yesterday.advertisementAsked whether Cook’s achievement was even more special considering that he’s an opening batsman, Gavaskar replied in the affirmative.”It definitely does because the ball does swing around a little bit more, the pitches can sometimes a little bit lively. So you are playing in different conditions, different pitches. Playing in England is much more difficult against quality opposition. So I think Alastair Cook certainly deserves a lot of praise for getting there,” he said.BAYLISS BACKS THE ENGLAND CAPTAINEngland coach Trevor Bayliss resonated with Gavaskar’s comments saying time was in Cook’s side.”It will be about how long he wants to keep doing it,” said Bayliss.”But certainly there is time on his side, so there is no reason he couldn’t if his heart is still in it and his will to do it is still there,” the Australian added.Former Sri Lanka coach Bayliss has no doubt of Cook’s quality.”He is right up there with any of the best international players. He has these powers of concentration,” he said.”He is not the biggest stroke-player of all time – (but) he knows his game very well, he is very patient and he sticks to it.”To be able to do that over the period of time he has played and score as many runs as he has is a fantastic effort.”(With PTI inputs)last_img


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