Cook on road to becoming world’s best

December 10, 2012 at 2:37 pm Leave a comment

The plaudits Alastair Cook has received after effectively winning England their second Test match in India at the weekend are completely justified. The captain not only captured a record 23rd England Test century at Eden Gardens but orchestrated a scintillating 122 in the second Test in Mumbai.

Cook as been resplendent in England whites this tour and suggestions from batting coach Graham Gooch that he could go on better Sachin Tendulkar come as no surprise.

“Potentially [Cook] could go onto that sort of level,” Gooch told BBC Sport. “I don’t think he’s reached his peak.

“He’s got a good game at the moment and the application of that game has been exceptional in the last two matches.”

Indeed, Gooch is right to place Cook in the same league as Tendulkar after the England captain’s impervious recent form. He notched up his fourth Test century of 2012, adding to the four earned last year. In the 2010/11 Ashes series alone he averaged 127 and became the youngest player to make 7,000 career runs at the age of just 27.

Although the humble Cook won’t admit it, he must be eyeing up Tendulkar’s record of 15,643 Test runs and 51 hundreds. Tendulkar has been the figurehead of Indian cricket for two decades and will always be remembered as a true great; although suffering a poor 2012 he hit 76 against England at Eden Gardens to confirm that, at 39, there’s still life in those arms.

The target for Cook is clear. He is just under halfway to Tendulkar’s runs total and needs to double his centuries to even come close to that record. En route he must pass Ricky Ponting, Australia’s greatest ever batsman with +13,000 runs himself.

To place Cook in such an elite band of players may be seen by some as a bold move, but there is no reason to believe Cook won’t become a cricketing legend when he retires in 10 years time.

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Entry filed under: Cook, England, India.

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