Alastair Cook is over 8,313 runs behind Sachin Tendulkar in Test cricket but England batsman Kevin Pietersen believes his captain is on target to challenge the veteran Indian's numbers and break every record that has been set.

"For me he's the right man to lead England, he's doing a great job for us and he will continue to get better and better and break every record anyone's ever set, certainly in the English game. He's on target to go for Tendulkar's numbers, if you look at the numbers and look at his age," Pietersen was quoted as saying in an interview with Darren Gough on Talksport.

Pietersen lavished praise on Cook for his consistent scoring.

"His first series was against India away and we beat India. He's done exceptionally well, his cricket just keeps getting better and better," he said.

Pietersen backed the youngster, who recently hit the headlines for getting into a bar-room scuffle with Australian David Warner during the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.