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Alastair Cook vs Sachin Tendulkar

Alastair Cook vs Sachin Tendulkar

Alastair Cook and Sachin Tendulkar have established themselves among the best players representing their sides (England and India respectively) in international cricket. While Sachin had a 24-year-long career from 1989 to 2013, Alastair played his last international match in 2018, having begun his career in 2005. Just as Sachin Tendulkar was the mainstay of India’s batting during his long tenure, so was Cook a pillar of strength for England, especially in Test cricket.

Alastair Cook vs Sachin Tendulkar Stats

Test Stats

Aggregate Runs

Since 2005, Alastair Cook has scored 12472 runs in 161 Test matches at an average of 45.35 with 33 centuries and 57 fifties, including the top score of 294. Since 1989, Sachin Tendulkar has scored 15921 runs in 200 Tests at an average of 53.78 with 51 centuries and 68 fifties, including his top score of 248 not out.

Home, Away and Neutral Venues

Cook has registered an average of 44.37 in home matches while averaging 45.64 away from home and 55.36 at neutral venues. Tendulkar has enjoyed an average of 52.67 playing home and an average of 54.14 in away games. He has not played any Test matches at a neutral venue. Alastair has made 15 of his 33 tons in home matches while making 17 in away games and one at a neutral venue. Sachin has made 22 of his 51 Test centuries playing home Tests and 29 in away matches.

Against Strong Sides

Cook has scored 2493 runs in 35 matches against Australia at an average of 40.50, 2431 in 30 matches against India at 47.66, 1047 in 15 matches against New Zealand at 38.77 average, 1719 in 20 matches against Pakistan at 49.11 and 1263 in 19 matches against South Africa at 35.08. Tendulkar has scored 3620 in 39 matches against Australia at an average of 55.00, 2535 in 32 matches against England at 51.73, 1595 in 24 matches against New Zealand at 46.91, 1057 in 18 matches against Pakistan at 42.28 average and 1741 in 25 matches against South Africa at 42.46.

Centuries against Strong Teams

Out of his total of 33 centuries in Tests, Alastair has made 5 against Australia, 7 against India, 3 against New Zealand, 5 against Pakistan and 2 against South Africa. Out of Sachin’s 51 Test centuries, 11 were made against Australia, 7 against England, 4 against New Zealand, 2 against Pakistan and 7 against South Africa.

Most Preferred Rival Side

Cook has had his best Test record against the West Indies. He has made 1739 runs in 20 Test matches against them at an average of 57.96 with six centuries, including his top score of 141 not out. Sachin has enjoyed his best record against Bangladesh with 820 runs in 7 matches scored at an average of 136.66 with five centuries, including the highest score of 248 not out.

ODI Stats

Aggregate Runs

Since 2006, Alastair Cook has scored 3204 runs in 92 ODIs at 36.40 with five centuries and 19 fifties, including the top score of 119. Since 1989, Sachin Tendulkar has scored 18426 runs in 463 ODI games at an average of 44.83 with 49 centuries and 96 fifties, including his top score of 200 not out.

Home, Away and Neutral Venues

Cook has enjoyed an average of 35.55 in home matches while averaging 32.84 away from home and 80.75 at neutral venues. Tendulkar has achieved an average of 48.11 playing home and an average of 37.24 in away games. At neutral venues, he has recorded an average of 49.11. Alastair has made 3 centuries and 8 fifties in home matches while making 10 fifties in away games and two centuries with a fifty at neutral venues. Sachin has made 20 of his 49 ODI centuries along with 28 fifties in home matches while making 12 centuries and 21 fifties playing away and 17 centuries with 35 fifties at neutral venues.

Against Strong Sides

Cook has scored 319 runs in 10 matches against Australia at an average of 31.90, 822 in 27 matches against India at 31.61, 464 in 13 matches against New Zealand at 35.69, 323 in 4 matches against Pakistan at 80.75 average and 89 in 6 matches against South Africa at 17.80. Tendulkar has scored 3077 in 71 matches against Australia at 44.59, 1455 in 37 matches against England at an average of 44.09, 1750 in 42 matches against New Zealand at 46.05, 2526 in 69 matches against Pakistan at 40.09 and 2001 in 57 matches played against South Africa at 35.73.

Fifty Plus Innings against Strong Teams

Out of his five centuries in ODIs, Alastair has made one against India and two against Pakistan. Out of 19 ODI fifties, Cook has made one against Australia, six against India, four against New Zealand and one each against Pakistan and South Africa. Out of 49 ODI centuries made by Sachin, 9  were scored against Australia, 2 against England and 5 each against New Zealand, Pakistan, and South Africa.

Most Preferred Rival Side

Cook has achieved his best ODI record against Sri Lanka. He has made 809 runs in 23 matches against them at an average of 38.52 with one century and four fifties, including the top score of 119. Sachin has made his best ODI record against Kenya with 647 runs in 10 matches scored at an average of 107.83 with four centuries, including the highest score of 146.

Alastair Cook vs.  Sachin Tendulkar Records

Alastair Cook’s Records

In his debut Test match against India held at Nagpur in March 2006, Cook scored a century and a fifty, becoming only the fifth England player to achieve the feat in the first Test. In May 2015, he broke the record for the most runs scored by an England player when he got past Graham Gooch’s aggregate of 8900 runs achieved 20 years earlier. Currently, he has the fifth-highest aggregate among Test players. Moreover, he set a record for being the youngest English player to score 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000 and 6000 runs in Test cricket. Later he became the youngest player of any nationality to score 7000, 8000, 9000, 10000, 11000 and 12000 runs in Tests.

His 33 Test centuries represent a record for the most Test tons made by any England player. Since playing his first Test match, Cook has been responsible for about 20 percent of centuries scored by England players. Cook has set a record for the most Test matches (159) played without a break.

During the first match of the 2010 – 2011 Ashes series, Cook joined Jonathan Trott to establish England’s highest partnership in Australia when the two were involved in a second-wicket stand of 329, in which Cook made 235. In that series, Cook scored three centuries in England’s first Ashes victory down under since 1986. Cook has also broken the record for being the highest scorer of Test runs in Asia by a non-Asian player, a record held by Australia’s Ricky Ponting until 2015.

Sachin Tendulkar’s Records

While Alastair’s records are mainly English records, Sachin has set a number of world records. Among the most obvious ones, Sachin holds the record for the most runs in international cricket as well as for scoring the most centuries in international cricket. Moreover, he has scored the most runs in Test matches as well as the most centuries in Test cricket. He has played more Test matches than any other player and has the most Test hundreds scored in a partnership.

Sachin Tendulkar has scored the most runs in One Day Internationals. He has also scored the most centuries in ODIs. In addition, he holds the record for the most ODI runs scored in a calendar year, a record he set in 1998 when he made 1894 runs in 34 matches at an average of 65.31 with nine centuries and seven fifties, including the highest score of 143. He became the first player to score a double century in ODIs when he made 200 not out against South Africa in 2011.

Sachin Tendulkar is also the holder of the world record for most runs scored in an ICC World Cup. In the 2003 World Cup held in South Africa, Tendulkar scored 673 runs in 11 matches. That record is yet to be broken though Rohit Sharma was the closest to breaking it in 2019 when he made 648 runs in nine matches. Tendulkar holds the record for the most runs scored by any player in ICC World Cups with 2278 runs in 45 matches at an average of 56.95 with six centuries and 15 fifties, including his top score of 152 made against Namibia in 2003. Tendulkar also holds the record for the most fifty-plus scores in the World Cup history. Sachin once held the world record for the highest partnership for any wicket in an ODI (331 with Rahul Dravid), a record that has since been broken.

Awarded 62 times, Sachin Tendulkar set a record for most Player of the Match awards won in international matches. He holds the record for most runs scored in a partnership along with Saurav Ganguly. The pair scored 12400 runs in 247 innings.

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