Sachin Tendulkar no doubt will retire to go down in cricket history as the highest run-getter in test (16,000 odd runs) and ODI’s (18,000 odd runs) for a long-long time. Records are meant to be broken, so who looks most likely to break his record or may be come near to breaking it??? In tests it may be Alistair Cook of England who is consistent and is just of 28 years and has more than 8000 odd runs or it could be Virat Kohli, who bats at No.4 in both forms could be a close contender but again it’s too early, may be once he reaches 10,000 runs we could take a call on it.
As of now no one looks like overhauling Sachin’s tally of runs. But coming to think of it what factors should a cricketer needs to take into account to surpass it…
Make your international debut in both forms by the age of 16 or 17 years, so that by 38, 39 or 40 you can plan to hang-up your shoes
Need to be a 1, 2, 3 or 4 in both forms of the format in your teams batting line-up
Need to be as injury-free as possible
Should be an occasional spinner or slow-medium bowler who can break partnerships and provide crucial breakthroughs in case you have a bad day in office with the bat, it really helps at times if you could contribute with the ball
Avoid controversies on and off field as much as possible, try being in the good books of the media and board
Above all, be consistent and humility personified