‘He surely will come close’ Rashid on Root breaking Tendulkar’s record

KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif predicted England’s in-form batter Joe Root to come close to Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar’s record of most runs in Test cricket.

England’s top batter Root, who is in sublime form in the longest format of the game has sparked the debate about him smashing Tendulkar’s all-time record of highest runs in Test cricket by amassing 10,000 runs in the format.

Following Root’s astounding feat several cricketers have come out with their predictions about whether the former England Test captain will be able to break Tendulkar’s record as ex-Australian captain Mark Taylor was the first to back the former to break the record.

The renowned commentator and the former English captain Michael Vaughan also supported Taylor’s prediction later and termed Root the favourite to break the record of the most runs in Test cricket.

The former Pakistan captain Rashid, now has also joined the debate and predicted that Root will surely come closer if could not break the record.

“It’s something you can predict. Some of these players such as Virat Kohli, Babar Azam and Joe Root, these players can score 1000s of more runs [as] they have so much time. Root will be eyeing Tendulkar’s feat. See, certain players left the game a little early or were not in great form,” Latif said on the YouTube show Caught Behind.

“Jacques Kallis and Ricky Ponting could have come close but for Root, it is important to be in the same form. If in the next 2-3 years, he can score 1200-1300 runs, he can come close. By the time he is 34-35, he may have the hope that he can go past it. Even if he can’t cross, he surely will come close,” he maintained.

It is pertinent to mention here that Root became just the second English batter and the joint youngest to amass 10,000 runs mark in Test cricket after his preceding captain Alastair Cook.

Furthermore, Tendulkar holds the record for most Test runs with 15,921 in 200 matches, whereas, Root has scored 10,015 runs thus far in 118 Tests.

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