England batting coach Graham Gooch believes that Alastair Cook has the potential to have as much success in the game as Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar.
In the third Test match in Kolkata, Cook became the youngest player to reach 7000 runs in the five day format of the game and at the same time, England’s most prolific centurion with 23.
The Essex batsman still has a long way to go if he is to get near Tendulkar though as the ‘Little Master’ has accumulated 15,643 Test runs and hit three figures 51 times. With the way he is going though and with time on his side, Cook could go on to beat this.
Although Gooch knows what a tough ask it will be to emulate the success of one of the best players the game has ever seen, he believes that the England opener is capable.
“Potentially [Cook] could go onto that sort of level I don’t think he’s reached his peak.” he said.
Tendulkar is now 39-years-old and looks as though he is close to retiring from the game, so may not score many more Test runs.
There is no doubting that Cook is one of the best batsman around at the moment and he seems to be thriving off the pressure of being captain of the Three Lions. He sets an example at the top of the innings and could go on to smash a lot of records in his career.
Gooch highlighted the fact that he needs to stay ‘Fit, driven and motivated’ to go on and achieve great things in Test cricket, three things that you would all associate with the 27-year-old.
For now though, Cook will not be looking to any sort of records or milestones, instead, he will be looking to score runs to help his side claim a famous victory in India.
England head to Nagpur 2-1 up the series and playing some fantastic cricket. If the Skipper can put in a performance like he has been in the previous encounters, then the tourists have a great chance of securing that first win in India for over 20 years.
It will not be easy, but Alastair Cook will be confident in himself and his team going into this one. Not many would have given them a chance after the first Test match ended in such a heavy defeat, but they have shown a great deal of charcheter to bounce back.
Just one last hurdle to jump England, make sure you don’t fall.