England skipper Alastair Cook could get close to matching Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 51 Test hundreds, according to England’s former allrounder Ian Botham. Cook scored his 30th Test hundred on the fifth and final day of the drawn first Test against India to move past Sir Donald Bradman in the all-time list. He made a brilliant 130 off 243 deliveries.
It was his fifth Test ton in India – a record as he got past South Africa’s Hashim Amla and West Indian duo Clive Lloyd and Everton Weekes, who all have four ton to their names.
“He just breaks records,” said Botham, speaking to Sky Sports in Rajkot. (Virat Kohli helps India earn a hard fought draw)
“I was here in India when he flew halfway around the world to play in Mohali and got a hundred after 30-odd hours travelling, having arrived the night before.
“He’s now got 30 hundreds and is the one player currently playing in world cricket who I believe could get close to Sachin Tendulkar. (India vs England 1st Test Full Scorecard)
“He’s not yet 32 and batsmen can go on for a bit longer than the hard-working bowlers and all-rounders. He could bat until he’s 36 or 37.”
However, the 31-year-old still long way to go though to match the achievements of Tendulkar who has recorded 51 Test centuries over a 200-Test career.
The first Test between India and England ended on a dramatic note after England declared their innings and set India a target. Virat Kohli helped hosts earn a draw. India were given a target of 310 runs to chase in around 50 overs. The home side however kept losing wickets, six of them, as England pressed hard for a win. Skipper Kohli played a defying knock and remained unbeaten on 49 to take his side to safety.