Statistical comparison: Alastair Cook and Sachin Tendulkar’s 10,000 runs in Tests

umang pabari / 03 June 2016
Alastair Cook

Sachin Tendulkar had become 5th player to complete 10,000 runs in Test cricket on March 16, 2005 at Kolkata against Pakistan while just few days ago current England Test captain Alastair Cook has also completed his 10,000 Test runs against Sri Lanka on May 30, 2016 at Chester-le-Street and therefore, he became 12th player overall and 1st England player to achieve that milestone.

When Alastair Cook completed his 10,000th Test run at that time he became youngest player to achieve the milestone of completing 10,000 runs in Tests beating Sachin Tendulkar and since then debate has been going all over the world that who is better – Sachin Tendulkar or Alastair Cook? Will Alastair Cook break Sachin Tendulkar’s Test record or not?

Sachin Tendulkar had completed his 10,000 Test runs in his 195th Tests innings while Cook has completed his 10,000 Test runs in his 229th Test innings. Here, we have presented statistical comparison of both Alastair Cook and Sachin Tendulkar’s 10,000 Test runs by considering also the stats of test match when both completed their 10,000 Test runs.

Distribution of Cook and Tendulkar’s 10000 Test runs against every nation:

Opposition Alastair Cook
  M R Ave 100s 50s
Australia 30 2117 39.20 4 11
Bangladesh 4 401 66.83 2 0
England          
India 20 1735 54.21 5 7
New Zealand 13 1024 44.52 3 4
Pakistan 14 1179 47.16 4 4
South Africa 15 995 35.53 2 7
Sri Lanka 15 1156 50.26 3 6
West Indies 17 1435 57.40 5 8
Zimbabwe          

 

Opposition Sachin Tendulkar
  M R Ave 100s 50s
Australia 21 1859 53.11 7 7
Bangladesh 3 302 151.00 1 0
England 16 1683 76.50 6 8
India          
New Zealand 16 1062 48.27 3 5
Pakistan 12 798 44.33 2 5
South Africa 16 1003 37.14 3 3
Sri Lanka 13 1124 80.28 6 3
West Indies 16 1328 57.73 3 7
Zimbabwe 9 918 76.50 3 3

 

Both Alastair Cook and Sachin Tendulkar’s favourite oppositions are West Indies and Sri Lanka in Tests while both have an average performance against South Africa in Tests. Sachin Tendulkar’s average against England was 76.50 when he completed his 10000 Test runs while similarly Alastair Cook has always liked India as an opposition and his average of 54.21 from 20 Tests proves that. Interesting fact of this comparison is that Alastair Cook has not yet played a single Test against Zimbabwe till this day.

Distribution of Cook and Tendulkar’s 10000 Tests runs in every country:

Country Alastair Cook
  M R Ave 100s 50s
Australia 15 1288 49.53 4 5
Bangladesh 2 ` 114.00 2 0
England 70 4995 43.43 12 24
India 8 866 61.85 4 3
New Zealand 6 384 34.90 1 1
Pakistan          
South Africa 8 471 31.40 1 3
Sri Lanka 5 435 48.33 1 3
U.A.E. 6 609 55.36 1 3
West Indies 8 652 54.33 2 5
Zimbabwe          

 

Country Sachin Tendulkar
  M R Ave 100s 50s
Australia 12 1029 54.15 4 3
Bangaldesh 3 302 151.00 1 0
England 10 1074 71.60 4 4
India 53 4588 58.82 15 19
New Zealand 8 498 41.50 1 3
Pakistan 7 420 46.66 1 2
South Africa 9 636 42.40 3 1
Sri Lanka 6 670 111.66 4 2
U.A.E.          
West Indies 10 620 47.69 1 5
Zimbabwe 4 240 75.00 1 1

 

Both Cook and Tendulkar are at their best when they play at home while they both particularly liked playing in Australia and Sri Lanka. Both have an average performance in New Zealand as compared to other countries.

Distribution of Cook and Tendulkar’s 10000 Test runs at home, away and neutral venues:

  Alastair Cook
  M R Avg 100s 50s
Home 70 4995 43.43 12 24
Away 52 4438 49.31 15 20
Neutral 6 609 55.36 1 3

 

  Sachin Tendulkar
  M R Avg 100s 50s
Home 53 4588 58.82 15 19
Away 69 5489 56.58 19 22
Neutral          

 

Alastir Cook’s performances at home venues are not good as compared to his away and neutral performances while Sachin Tendulkar had performed similarly at both home and away venues.

Distribution of Cook and Tendulkar’s 10000 Test runs as a captain and not as a captain:

  Alastair Cook
  M R Avg 100s 50s
Captain 47 3829 46.69 10 18
Not captain 81 6213 46.36 18 29

 

  Sachin Tendulkar
  M R Avg 100s 50s
Captain 25 2054 51.35 7 7
Not captain 97 8023 59.42 27 34

 

Sachin Tendulkar has out performed Alastair Cook in terms of average in both the categories while Alastair Cook has performed quite similarly as a captain and a player of England team in Tests.

Distribution of Cook and Tendulkar’s 10000 Test runs as match innings wise:

  Alastair Cook
  M R Avg 100s 50s
1st match innings 66 2622 40.33 6 14
2nd match innings 62 3421 55.17 9 16
3rd match innings 55 2601 51.00 11 10
4th match innings 47 1398 36.78 2 7

 

  Sachin Tendulkar
  M R Avg 100s 50s
1st match innings 59 3937 71.58 14 12
2nd match innings 62 3274 55.49 11 16
3rd match innings 42 2010 54.32 7 11
4th match innings 42 856 35.66 2 2

 

Sachin Tendulkar’s averages are higher as compared to Alastair Cook in matches’ 1st, 2nd and 3rd innings while Alastair Cook’s average is slightly better than Sachin Tendulkar’s average in matches’ 4th innings.

Distribution of Cook and Tendulkar’s 10000 Test runs in won, lost and drawn matches:

  Alastair Cook
  M R Avg 100s 50s
Won 54 4561 55.62 14 15
Lost 39 2464 31.58 5 14
Drawn 35 3017 53.87 9 18

 

  Sachin Tendulkar
  M R Avg 100s 50s
Won 38 3293 67.20 11 12
Lost 34 2501 36.77 8 9
Drawn 50 4283 73.84 15 20

 

Both Cook and Tendulkar has performed better in their respective team’s won and drawn matches.

Well, numbers suggest us that both have performed quite similarly in most of the comparisons but this is the comparison only for 10,000 Test runs. If Alastair Cook wants to beat Sachin Tendulkar’s Test record then he has to perform well consistently and it is interesting to see whether he breaks that record or not but as of now by neglecting that fact, we can say undoubtedly that both are legends of the game.