Alastair Cook scored 79 at The Oval © Getty Images
Alastair Cook scored 79 at The Oval © Getty Images

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Aug 16, 2014

Alastair Cook has become the leading run-scorer for England in Tests against India. During his ongoing innings in the fifth Test at The Oval, he surpassed Graham Gooch’s tally of 1725 runs in 19 Test matches. Cook has played one Test more than Gooch to overhaul his tally. He already has five tons against them and the latest innings was his seventh fifty against them. He has been a bit lucky though as a chance was dropped at slip and he wasn’t given out when he was plumb leg-before. But, what a comeback it has been for Captain Cook.  He now looks good to build on it in the future.

Most runs in England for Tests against India:

Player M* R Ave 100s 50s HS
Alastair Cook 20 1735 54.21 5 7 294
Graham Gooch 19 1725 55.64 5 8 333
Kevin Pietersen 16 1581 58.55 6 6 202*
David Gower 24 1391 44.87 2 6 200*
Ken Barrington 14 1355 75.27 3 9 172

*includes fifth Test between India and England at The Oval.

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