On record-breaking spree, Cook continues to grind Ind bowlers
England captain Alaister Cook's purple patch in India continued unabated as records fell like nine pins during his unconquered knock of 136 on the second day of the third Test at the Eden Gardens here today.
To begin with the right-hander became the youngest batsman to join the elite club of 7000 Test runs. The 27-year and 347-day old english batsman overhauled the record previously held by iconic Sachin Tendulkar.
Cook blasted his third century of this series, fifth overall againt India, when he paddle swept R Ashwin for three. This was his 23rd Test ton, which is the highest by any English bat.
During his unbeaten knock of 136, he became the highest run getter by an English captain on a single India tour, breaking the 50-year record set by Ted Dexter.
He has so far scored runs in the four-match Test series.
The England captain in company of Nick Compton forged an 165-run opening stand, which was the highest by England at this venue. The duo broke 61-year-old record of Jack Robertson and Dick Spooner.
Last, but certainly not the least, the suave looking Englishman became the first Test player to strike five consecutive tons in as many innings as captain.