Ashes 2017-18: Alastair Cook Poses a Threat to Sachin Tendulkar's Mighty Records |

Alastair Cook poses a threat to Sachin Tendulkar’s mighty records

Cook scored an unbeaten 104 to come back in form in the ongoing fourth Ashes Test at MCG.

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Alastair Cook of England raises his bat as he leaves the ground on 104 not out. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

England opener Alastair Cook slammed his 32nd Test century in the ongoing fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne at the MCG on Wednesday. In the process, he also overcame the torrid form he was enduring in the format for a long time. This was also his first century down under since 2010-11 Ashes tour. However, Cook now poses an immediate threat to the mighty records set by the former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.

Recently, there was a  huge debate going on between the better player between Steve Smith and Virat Kohli given their current form in the longest format of the game. While the Australian skipper averages more than 62 which is only second best to Don Bradman, Kohli is catching him up fast and has scored tons of runs in the surpassing year 2017. But Cook regaining his old touch during the second day’s play in Melbourne has also opened up the possibility of him reaching close to the Master Blaster.

Here’s how Cook can get close to Sachin

Alastair Cook has several records to his name ever since he has made his debut in whites in 2006. He is already the most capped England cricketer and is playing in his 151st Test match and has scored the most number of runs (11,816) at an average of close to 46. His 32 Test tons are also the highest in the list of batsmen currently playing the game. He is also the closest to Sachin’s 51 Test centuries and has the potential to get close to his record well before Smith and Kohli.

Sachin Tendulkar remarkably played 200 Test matches during his illustrious career and score 15,921 runs with record 51 Test centuries and 68 half-centuries. Alastair Cook, on the other hand, is only 33 years old and needs to play only 49 Tests to become the second player to feature in 200 games in the format. Also, if he regains his old touch after the century at MCG in the ongoing Test, he might even get close to the record of Sachin’s 51 tons.

Though all the cricketing records are far away from England veteran, he is the closest currently and has the sheer ability to get close to the Master’s records on any given day.