England captain Alastair Cook on May 30 became the youngest cricketer to score 10,000 Test runs. In the process, he shattered Sachin Tendulkar’s 11-year-old record.
Cook, who was 31 years, five months and five days old at the time of breaking the record, achieved this landmark by scoring just five runs on the fourth day of the second Test against Sri Lanka.
Sachin set his record back in 2005 at the age of 31 years, 10 months and 20 days.
To make the achievement even more memorable, Cook brought up the milestone with a four on the leg-side and then went on to salute the England balcony when he crossed the milestone.
Cook is the only English batsman to have achieved this feat and is also England’s leading Test run-scorer.
He is also the 12th player in cricket history to cross 10,000 runs, and is only the second opener to do so.
Besides Cook and Sachin, other legends to have crossed the 10,000 runs milestone are Brian Lara, Kumar Sangakkara, Ricky Ponting, Rahul Dravid, Mahela Jayawardene, Sunil Gavaskar, Jacques Kallis, Allan Border, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Steve Waugh.
Cook went on to make 47 not out in the match and lead England to victory by nine wickets.