Having broken his lean trot in the Southampton Test, Alastair Cook is on the verge of cracking a batting record. Cook and Graham Gooch have scored three hundreds each while leading England against India. One more hundred to Cook would give him a record of scoring most hundreds by an England captain against India.
If he scores a century at Manchester over the next five days, Cook will earn the distinction of becoming the first captain to score four hundreds in England-India Test series. Mohammed Azharuddin had also scored three hundreds against England while leading India.
Cook has scored five hundreds against India. If he gets one more hundred, it would be his sixth hundred. He would then share the record for most hundreds by an England batsman against India with Kevin Pietersen. Cook would go past Ian Botham and Gooch, who have score five hundreds each against India.
Two more hundreds in the remaining Tests to Cook would give him a distinction of scoring most hundreds by an England batsman against India. He would go past Pietersen, who has scored six hundreds and holds the record for most hundreds by an England batsman against India.
Two more hundreds in the remaining Tests to Cook would give him seven hundreds against India and with that, he would share the series record of most hundreds with Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar. Dravid and Tendulkar have scored seven hundreds each against England.
(With inputs from HR Gopala Krishna)