When we think of the greatest left-hander to play cricket for England, perhaps there is only one name that pops up in our mind. Yes, you guessed it right. We are talking about none other than the stylish Alastair Cook who has captained his country in a record 59 test matches.
The left-handed opener made his Test debut at the age of 21, replacing Michael Vaughan against India at Nagpur in 2006, and hit an unbeaten century in the second innings. From there started an unbelievable journey which along with him, we have all enjoyed.
But as we say, every good thing comes to an end. And Alastair has decided to put an end to his cricketing career after he finishes playing the fifth and the final test against India in the ongoing series.
Cook won four of the seven Ashes series in which he played, scoring 766 runs at an average of 127.66 in 2010-11 as England triumphed in Australia for the first time in 24 years. In 2012, Cook led England to their first victory in India for 27 years.
Cook became the first Englishman to reach 10,000 Test runs in 2016, although England lost 4-0 in India that winter and he resigned as captain in February 2017.
According to BBC, the 33-year-old feels that he has nothing more to give to England and feels it has been a wonderful time playing and sharing the dressing room with some of the greatest English talents.
“There is nothing left in the tank”
“I have achieved more than I could have ever imagined and feel very privileged to have played for such a long time alongside some of the greats of the English game.”
Though it has been a hard decision to take for the former England skipper, Cook is absolutely sure of what he is doing. According to him, he has donned the England shirt with utmost dedication and feels proud on being able to do the same.
“Although it is a sad day, I can do so with a big smile on my face knowing I have given everything.
“The thought of not sharing the dressing room, again, with some of my team-mates was the hardest part of my decision, but I know the timing is right.
“I have loved cricket my whole life, from playing in the garden as a child, and will never underestimate how special it is to pull on an England shirt.”
Cook has scored 12,254 runs and made 32 centuries in 160 Tests and we take our time to salute the beast of a cricketer that he is. Good luck in the future, legend!