As Sachin Tendulkar’s career winds down, his greatest fans have the comfort of seeing his name against all the batting records in the game. However, there is a clear and present danger to the master balster records if players such as Alastair Cook and Virat Kohli keep going at the rate they are, in Tests and ODIs respectively. For sure, estimates do suggest that over the next decade, they come well within touching distance of Tendulkar.
One such glorious record of Sachin was broken on 30th May 2016, when England captain Alastair Cook became the youngest batsman to score 10,000 Test runs and thus breaking the record previously held by Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar. He scored his unbeaten 47 and became the 12th batsman and the first Englishman to reach the 10,000 mark in history to reach the landmark, thus joining an elite list of players considered to be some of the greatest the game has ever seen.
Importantly, he became the youngest to do so at 31 years and 157 days old, beating the previous record of Tendulkar, who accomplished the feat when he was 31 years and 326 days old. In doing so, Cook also broke Rahul Dravid's record of being the quickest to reach 10,000 runs in terms of the number of days from debut.
The left-handed opening batman hits a Test hundred roughly every seven innings, a shade slower than Tendulkar. He is 31 years old already, has played around 125 matches and is still another less than 6000 runs behind Sachin Tendulkar's total. He roughly plays over 20 innings each year Tendulkar, on the other hand, has played about 14 Test innings each year. Cook scores around 79 runs per test on an average. He will need to play another 77 tests at the same average or better, to surpass 15,921 runs. The only silver lining for the record to remain intact in Sachin’s name is that English batsmen typically do not last that longer.
At the other end of the spectrum, Tendulkar’s ODI records may come under threat from Kohli. India tends to play lots of ODIs – especially in the subcontinent where he is strong. Kohli will have to manage injuries as he does throw himself around in the field. He will probably be India’s full-time captain once Dhoni retires. It remains to be seen how he handles the pressure of being India’s star batsman along with leadership duties and whether he is able to bounce back from lean spells. This is something that Tendulkar managed better than most; Kohli’s mercurial career hasn’t yet hit a big loss of form. Kohli strikes as a player never seen before due to the recent spate of scores he has had to his name. He is the first to reach 4,000 runs in IPL, has the most number of centuries in a single edition and 11 scores of 75 or more in Twenty20s this year.