There is no doubt that when it comes to gentleman in cricket, the name of Alastair Cook ranks somewhere near the top. The former English skipper, who is set to retire from international cricket after the ongoing fifth day of the fifth Test against India at Oval, carved out respect amongst opponents and fans for his professional behavior, even in the worst of times.
But it seems that even amongst the media, Cook holds a very high reputation. At the post-match press conference on Day Four, the media people honored the departing legend by showering some wonderful praises at him. They said, "Just on behalf of every media, we appreciate everything you have done as a player and as a captain for England over the years. and particularly you have done with us."
"There have been ups and downs, good times and bad times you have dealt with us professionally. I think we had a good relationship, all said and done. We just want to show our appreciation towards everything and we have got a little gift," said the journalist before handing Cook 33 beer bottles, one for each of his centuries.
Earlier on Monday, Cook created history on his farewell Test match. The former England skipper became the first player in this format to score a half-century and century in both his first and final Test match. Making his bow for England against India at Nagpur in 2006, the tall and lanky left-handed opening batsman 60 and 104 in the match, announcing himself in front of the world.
Fast forward 12 years, and England's greatest Test player achieved the same feat, this time in his final match of his career. In the ngoing fifth and final Test between England and India at Oval, Cook scored a well-made 71, his first half-century of the series, before making 147 in the second innings.
Further, his brilliant display on Monday earned him yet another another record. The former England skipper overtook Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara to become the fifth highest run-getter in the format's history. He ends up with 12472 runs in 161 Test matches.
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