England’s test skipper Alastair Cook has finally completed 10,000 test runs.Needing 5 runs on the day to reach the landmark,Cook flicked the ball off his legs for four to become the 12th man in total to achieve the feat, achieving the milestone in his 229th innings and 128th Test match.
Left-handed opener Cook started his innings knowing he needed to make 5 to become the first Englishman and only 12th player in history to score 10,000 Test runs.
Cook has also become the youngest batsman to reach the milestone, surpassing Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar. Cook achieved the feat at 31 years and five months, whereas Tendulkar scored his 10,000th run at 31 years, 10 months and 20 days.
Tendulkar (15,921) is the leading run scorer in Test history. Other batsmen to score 10,000 runs in test cricket are Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis, Rahul Dravid, Kumar Sangakkara, Brian Lara, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Mahela Jayawardene, Allan Border, Steve Waugh and Sunil Gavaskar .
Speaking before the first Test at Headingley, Cook said that achieving this glorious milestone would mean a lot to him.
“It would mean a lot [to score 10,000 runs]. It’s a big milestone when you look at the guys that have done it previously,”said Cook.
The quickest players to reach 10,000 runs in terms of innings are Tendulkar, Lara, and Sangakkara, securing the landmark total in their 195th knocks, while Aussie legend Ponting achieved the milestone in his 196th innings.