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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
|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|
|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:
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.