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Former cricketer Alastair Cook is the first-ever batsman to score 10,000 Test runs in England‘s history. He achieved this feat, today (30th May) four years ago, against Sri Lanka at his home. He also became the youngest cricketer to score 10,000 runs in cricket history, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s record.
In the second Test match against Sri Lanka, Alastair Cook after scoring four runs on the fourth day reached the new milestone. The England legend scored unbeaten 47 runs while chasing the target of 80 runs in the second innings.
Cook also became only the 12th player in the history of the game to amass 10,000 runs in the most extended format of the game and only the second opener to do so.
ICC shares Alastair Cook’s memorable moment:
Taking to Twitter, International Cricket Council (ICC) posted a special video of his innings in 2016 against the Islanders. The governing body reminded the fans that he achieved the feat when he was 31 years, five months and five days old.
“#OnThisDay in 2016, Alastair Cook, aged 31, five months and five days, became the youngest batsman and the first Englishman to reach 10,000 Test runs,” the ICC tweeted.
#OnThisDay in 2016, Alastair Cook, aged 31, five months and five days, became the youngest batsman and the first Englishman to reach 10,000 Test runs 👨🍳
What do you think has been his most memorable knock?pic.twitter.com/CaXyxZ7psw
— ICC (@ICC) May 30, 2020
After England’s 2016 tour of Bangladesh and India, he stepped down as the Test captain. And playing for two more years, Cook retired from international cricket in 2018 at a young age, leaving his run tally in Tests at 12,472. He last played against India.
The legendary cricketer, who made the debut in 2006, is also the top century scorer in the longest format, with 33. In total, Cook has played 161 Tests, and 92 ODIs, scoring 3,204 runs. After retiring from international cricket, he signed a three-year deal with Essex in county cricket. He last played against Somerset in September in 2019.