Alastair Cook elated after fairytale farewell from Test cricket

first_imgIt was a fairytale ending for Alastair Cook, no less. With scores of 71 and 147 in the two innings of the Oval Test vs India, Cook bid goodbye to his England international career on a high.On Monday, after the day ended with Cook being incessantly applauded as he left the field, he said, “sometimes dreams come true”. On Tuesday, the dream became even better as England beat India by 188 runs and won the series 4-1.Ahead of this match, England captain had said that he would want to make a statement by defeating the world No.1 Test team 4-1 and give Cook a perfect farewell and all of it happened at the Oval.”It has been the most amazing week, one you couldn’t have scripted. Got a text from Beefy (Ian Botham) and he said ‘Can I have your script writer?’,” Cook said at the presentation ceremony.INDIA VS ENGLAND 5TH TEST: REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDCook received the man-of-the-match award for a fabulous batting display in the fifth and final Test of the series. He had started his career with a century against India in Nagpur and finished in the same vein with a hundred in London.Cook was delighted to have contributed to the English win in his final international match and lauded the fact that this match proved to be a “great advert for Test cricket.”Also read – Virat Kohli rues missed opportunities after 4-1 series defeat to England”Just been amazing, great to contribute to an England win, and win the series 4-1. Also a great game of cricket, to go into the last session of the last day with all four results possible, great advert for Test cricket. Been great moment, sad moments, when it’s been tough, Test cricket shows how hard it is, turn up needing seven wickets but it goes right to the end. I leave with great memories, the memories shared with my team is what I’ll miss the most.”advertisement Alastair Cook and England cricket team celebrated their Test win over India with much fervour. (AP Photo)Cook was applauded for almost two minutes after he scored his century on Monday and by the end, he almost looked embarrassed by the adulation. He termed it as “amazing”.He, however, did not forget to add the achievement of James Anderson, who picked up his 564th Test wicket on Tuesday to surpass Glenn McGrath and become the pacer with most number of wickets in Test history.Also read – Joe Root pays tribute to Cook and Anderson after series win over IndiaHe anointed Anderson with “England’s greatest cricketer” and said it was “fitting that he got the last wicket”.”Amazing, it was a selfish thing to be standing there while everyone cheering, and then to see Jimmy pass Glenn McGrath’s record was brilliant. That was the hardest bit, him and Broady are the ones I’ve played the most with, to know I’ll never stand at slip and drop another catch off them is sad. We’ve lived in each other’s pickets for 12 years. Been a privilege to play with England’s greatest cricketer, no disrespect to any other guys, his skills to do it time and time again, you almost take it for granted, that’s he’s going to hit a length. The game was a little bit tight, but he didn’t miss his length once. It is fitting that he got the last wicket.”Also read – Rishabh Pant announces his arrival with maiden Test hundredCook said that he would not miss the pressure of international cricket at all but he will miss playing with this team.”The amount of hard work, the pressure and strain, I won’t miss that. But you miss the highs and the rewards, playing with this team, be great to see how they develop.Also read – KL Rahul slams fifth hundred on final day of India-England Test series”This week can’t be beaten, I can walk away with my head held high.”last_img read more