Former England spinner Monty Panesar has come up with the idea of giving a new name to the “India vs England” Test series.
Panesar, on Wednesday, took to Twitter and suggested that the trophy should be named after two legendary batsmen – Sachin Tendulkar and Alastair Cook and should be called as ‘Tendulkar-Cook Trophy’.
Monty Panesar, who starred in England’s 2-1 Test series win during the 2012 tour of India, highlighted that both the former cricketers have played a lot against each other. He added that Tendulkar is the ‘biggest legend’ of the game and there is no series named after him.
“Eng v India test series should be called ‘Tendulkar Cook trophy’ because both have highest test runs for their countries, they played a lot against each other and we know Tendulkar is the biggest legend and we don,t have a series named after him,” Panesar tweeted.
Tendulkar, who had announced his retirement in 2013, is the all-time top-scorer in Test cricket with 15,921 runs and 51 centuries to his name. He is also the only player to feature in 200 Tests.
Cook, on the other hand, is England’s all-time top-scorer in the purest format of the game with 12, 472 runs in 161 games. Notably, Cook played his last Test against India in 2018.
For the records, India vs England series is being currently contested for the Anthony De Mello Trophy, which was constituted in 1951. But, when India tour England, it is played for the Pataudi Trophy (2007).
Talking about the ongoing series, England have taken a 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series. England skipper Joe Root smashed a double-ton as the visitors thrashed India by 227 runs.
The hosts will hope to bounce back in the upcoming second Test, scheduled to begin from February 13.