Kolkata, Dec 6: England captain Alastair Cook broke Sachin Tendulkar's record during the second day of third Test here at Eden Gardens on Thursday.
Cook became the youngest player in history to complete 7,000 Test runs. He needed 151 innings. The left-hander reached the milestone aged 27 years and 347 days. He was playing his 86th match.
The opener bettered Tendulkar's record. The Indian batsman was 28 years and 193 days old when he reached the landmark. However, the Master Blaster took 15 less innings than Cook to cross 7,000 Test runs.
Cook touched the 7,000-mark when he took three runs to move from 85 to 88. His record came in 45th over bowled by Ishant Sharma.
Cook is the 10th England batsman to cross 7,000 runs. The leading run scorer for England is current team batting coach Graham Gooch (8,900 runs).
Alec Stewart (8,463), David Gower (8,231), Geoffrey Boycott (8,114), Michael Atherton (7,728), Colin Cowdrey (7,624), Kevin Pietersen (7,281 before Kolkata Test), Wally Hammond (7,249) and Andrew Strauss (7,037) are the other members of English 7,000-run club.