London, May 31: While claiming a series victory over the Sri Lanka in Durham on Monday, England skipper Alastair Cook became the youngest player to reach 10,000 runs in Test matches. With scoring 47 not out against Sri Lanka in the second test, Cook boke the record of cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. Cook At age of 31 years and 157 days displaced Sachin Tendulkar who achieved the milestone at 31 years and 326 days. However Sachin had achieved the record in 195 Test innings while Cook got his during his 229th innings.
"It was a very special moment for me, said Cook, “The game isn’t about personal milestones, it’s about winning games of cricket. But there are obviously milestones along the way and it’s a really special day”, he added. Cook started his innings needing just five runs to reach the milestone, and got there with a boundary through mid-wicket off Nuwan Pradeep. In the process, Cook became the first Englishman and just the 12th player overall to achieve the feat.
Cook has played 127 Tests for England and scored 28 centuries since making his debut against India in 2006. Sunil Gavaskar was the first man to reach the landmark in 1987, followed by Allan Border six years later. Steve Waugh, Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis, Mahela Jayawardene and Shivnarine Chanderpaul followed the reaching the milestone, with Kumar Sangakkara the last man to join the club in December 2012.
England eventually bowled out Sri Lanka for 475 in their second innings after Dinesh Chandimal struck a brilliant 126. Chandimal was well supported by Rangana Herath in a seventh-wicket stand of 116, Herath making 61 before he was trapped lbw by Anderson. Anderson bowled Shaminda Eranga for one to complete another five-wicket haul and Stuart Broad ended Chandimal’s defiant knock on 126 with a slower ball that clipped the top of his off-stump. With Nick Compton hitting the winning runs as England won by nine wickets, reaching their target of 79 for the loss of only Alex Hales for 11.
"It's a shame my mum and dad went back home last night but I’m glad my family were here to see it because I wouldn't be here without the support of my wife and daughter, and it was a very special moment to do it," said Cook.
"It shows how hard you have to work for Test match wins so we shouldn’t take it for granted. We’re really happy to go 2-0 up, there’s a lot of hard work behind it and we should treasure these moments”, he added.
James Anderson also claimed his 450 test wickets in the match. Anderson took 5-58 as Sri Lanka made England work hard for their wickets second time around, and Cook paid tribute to his team-mate on the day he went past 450 Test wickets. Anderson gave his captain plenty of praise back on his own landmark day, and said the England camp was a good place to be at the moment.