Former England skipper Alastair Cook had a fairytale ending to his Test career as he scored a memorable 147 in his final Test innings against India at The Oval in London, as he bid adieu to international cricket. For the first time in the series, he looked in complete control of proceedings. Not many would have dreamed to finish their respective Test career with a fifty and a century in the same Test as Cook achieved spectacularly.
In the first innings, Cook scored a brilliant 71. He was beaten on a few occasions but slowly started gaining confidence. In the second innings, he was a bit more aggressively and executed some of the shots to perfection. It was indeed an emotional moment for Cook when he managed to score his 33rd and final Test century of his career.
There was a huge ovation from the crowd. Cook carried on his good work and struck a few more brilliant shots. Debutant Hanuma Vihari eventually dismissed him as he attempted to cut a short of length delivery to reach his 150.
Cook also shared a mammoth partnership of 259 runs with Joe Root and that almost batted India out of the match.
Alastair Cook finishes as the fifth highest run-scorer in Test cricket
Meanwhile, the former skipper also finished as the fifth highest run-getter in Test cricket. He went past the likes of Kumar Sangakkara. Cook is behind four legendary players namely Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Rahul Dravid and Jacques Kallis.
Former England skipper Nasser Hussain heaped praise on Alastair Cook for being the wonderful ambassador of the sport.
“The stats are amazing. But the most important thing, and the reason he got the reception he did when he walked off is because of the ambassador he’s been for the sport. People have enjoyed the way he’s coped with the ups and downs of being an international player, being an England captain. Throughout all of that, he kept his dignity, through good times and bad,” Sky Sports quoted Nasser.
There will be a legacy statistically but actually; the legacy will be about Cook, the person. He’s an incredibly popular member of the team. Sometimes you have great players who are just passing through a team. And sometimes you have great team men who are not contributing that much in terms of runs and wickets. But Cook has managed to do both brilliantly,” Nasser concluded.
In the ongoing Test between England and India, Alastair Cook is all set to walk off in a grand fashion as Nasser Hussain credited the former for his spectacular approach.