Cook can score 50 Test tons, says Gavaskar

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Updated: Friday, December 7, 2012, 12:38 [IST]
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Cook can score 50 Test tons: Gavaskar

Kolkata, Dec 7: England captain Alastair Cook's prolific run with the bat has won India's legendary opener Sunil Gavaskar's praise. The former India captain feels the left-hander can score 15,000 Test runs and 50 centuries.

"With this kind of form and even if his form drops a little, 15,000 Test runs and 50 Test centuries are not beyond him," Gavaskar told NDTV on Thursday.

Cook scored his third successive Test century in the series and remained unbeaten on 136. Overall, this was his 23rd Test century, which is an England record.

During the course of that knock at Eden Gardens in the third Test against India, Cook completed 7,000 Test runs in his 86th game. He became the youngest to reach there, breaking Sachin Tendulkar's record.

Gavaskar, who is part of the TV commentary TV, felt the only way Cook could miss out is with injuries.

"The only unpredictable part in one's career is injuries. If he can get away without any serious injuries, then these landmarks are not beyond him," Gavaskar, who scored 34 Test tons, added.

Gavaskar said he liked the way Cook concentrated hard on the ball during his innings.

"Concentration is a God given ability. What I like about Cook is that he is looking at the ball every time. Even when he is standing at the non-striker's end. That's one way to keep your concentration going. There are a lot of players who look everywhere. Like Ravi Bopara who is very talented but has a habit of looking here and there. The focus should always be on your job."


Story first published:  Friday, December 7, 2012, 10:02 [IST]
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