The final moments for veteran batsman Alastair Cook in the International cricket is about to conclude with the culmination of the Oval Test against India. Meanwhile, England skipper Joe Root opines that the absence of Cook is a massive loss for the Three Lions

The stalwart of the game, Cook, had experienced a glorious 12-year long career as an opening batsman while facing few greatest bowlers of the game. Root feels it is quite a stupendous Stat to have under his belt.

It’s been an outstanding career for Alastair Cook – Joe Root

The classy right-handed skipper maintained it will be an emotional week for Cook and the dressing room. He has been a massive part of the team over the years and a motivational figure as well.

Joe Root, England, Alastair Cook
Joe Root(Images via Reuters/Carl Recine)

However, Joe Root is happy that the former skipper of England has got the final game to enjoy every moment of it.

Having a farewell Test is a privilege which was missed by numerous even star cricketers during their career.

“It’s been an outstanding career – 12 years at the top of the order and to have a record like that is some feat. There are not many openers around the world who can match that, never mind English players. So he’s going to be very hard to replace,” Root said.

 

”It will be a massive loss for the dressing-room”. “But it will be quite an emotional week for him and for a lot of the guys who have played a lot of cricket with him. I’m thrilled he’s got an opportunity to enjoy this game,” Root added.

Alastair Cook, Joe Root
Joe Root with Alastair Cook (Credits – Getty)

Alastair Cook has been a huge influence on me – Joe Root

Further, the skipper added Cook had been a great motivation for him. Root started his career under Cook’s captaincy and grown strength to strength to take the captaincy burden after his resignation.

“He’s been a huge influence on me. He gave me the opportunity to play and as a role model, there aren’t many people who go about things in a better way than he does. He’s the most down to earth superstar you’ll ever see. He’s always got time for everyone,” Root inferred.

However, Joe Root revealed the England team will miss the presence of Alastair Cook in the dressing room soon after the Kennington Oval Test against India.

The 33-year-old Cook, who represent Essex in the County cricket has been the burgeoning figure for England. He will be remembered for having a numerous of England records under his belt.