Melbourne: Former West Indies skipper Brian Lara, whose Test aggregate (runs) was surpassed by Sachin Tendulkar at Mohali last week, has tipped Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting to eventually take the Test run-scoring record from the Indian batting maestro.
Tendulkar overtook Lara's record of 11,953 runs during the first day of the second Test match against Australia on Friday to which Lara said he was proud of passing on the mantle to the little master, who he said had been outstanding for so many years.
"I feel that Ponting still has a few years of Test cricket left in him and could play 30 or 40 Tests matches more. He has already 10,000 Test runs under his belt. So it is one of those records that if you play long enough and you score runs consistently, you are capable of doing it," Lara has been quoted as saying in the Australian media.
Lara had passed another former Aussie skipper Allan Border's record in the Adelaide Test in 2005. Tendulkar is nearly two years older than Ponting and has 2000 runs lead over him, but still Lara expects Ponting to be the next man to top the Test tally.