Former England spinner Monty Panesar wants the India-England series to named as Tendulkar-Cook Trophy. Tendulkar, who has amassed 15921 runs for India is considered as the greatest batsmen to have stepped on a cricket field while Cook is the leading run scorer for England with 12472 runs.
Currently, the ongoing Test series between India and England is known as the Anthony de Mello Trophy and is named after one of the founders of the BCCI. Also, if both teams plays a series in England, it is termed as the Pataudi Trophy, named after the former Indian captain, Nawab Pataudi.
Monty Panesar from his official Twitter account posted a tweet suggesting the India-England series to be named as Tendulkar-Cook trophy.
“Eng v India test series should be called the “Tendulkar Cook trophy ” because both have the 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. @englandcricket @BCCI #INDvENG” the veteran spinner tweeted.
In another tweet he suggested that the series between these two nations can also be called as the Vaughan-Dravid trophy, Tendulkar-Anderson trophy or Botham-Kapil Trophy. He even conducted a poll for the same on his Twitter account.
Panesar further stated that India is not doing well under Virat Kohli and he’ll be under tremendous pressure after the success of Ajinkya Rahane in Australia. Panesar said that if India loses one more match, Kohli will step down from his position of the Indian skipper.
Virat Kohli is one of the greatest batsmen of all-time. But the team is simply not doing well under him and we have the result in the last four Test that India played under him. I think Kohli will be under pressure and more now because Rahane has done phenomenally well as the captain. India have already lost four Tests in a row and if the number goes to five in the next match, then I think he will step down from his role,” said Panesar speaking to WION
England defeated India in the 1st Test at Chennai by 227 runs. The loss has put India in a tricky situation as they now can’t afford to lose a match if they want to face New Zealand in the summit clash of the World Test championship.