Alastair Nathan Cook, the English player with pure black hair who raised questions in you to find out his Indian origins, ironically Alastair Cook’s test debut came against India and his last test match will also be against India.
A left-hand stylish opening batsman, Alastair Cook has retired from all forms of cricket but his greatness in the game will take him to not only in the history books of England Cricket but also World Cricket. He captained the England Test & ODI teams and scored a large chunk of runs in both the versions of the game. In the latter part of his career, he shifted his focus and only played in the longer format donning the white jersey until 2018 when a flurry of failures against India brought curtains to his career.
At the age of 33 years where he still has a couple of more years of quality cricket left in him, it was a surprise for cricket fans from all over the world when he took retirement. We all wanted to see his drives and marathon innings for more days to come, don’t we?
He is currently England’s leading run-scorer in Test, and also the youngest player to score more than 12,000 Test runs, (A record which seems unbreakable as fewer test matches are been played nowadays). Cook is the 6th overall batsman with the most number of runs in Test Cricket, a list which is headed by Master Blaster and Cook is the only Englishman in the list till date. He has scored a record 32 Test centuries for England and is the first England player be a part of England’s 50 Test victories.
Cook during his career was an adapting batsman who scored runs against all countries, in all countries, driving his way to centuries against all kind of bowling greats. He effectively played spinners the way he played pacers.
Few interesting stats from Cookie’s Test career:
- The Oval Test will be Cook’s 159th consecutive appearance for England in Tests – the most ever by any player in succession. The only match he missed was in his maiden series against India due to a stomach bug.
- Cook is the only player to score more than 10,000 runs while opening. Out of his 12254 runs n total, 11627 runs have come while he opened the innings.
- Cook has been involved in 24-century partnerships for the first wicket – which is the joint most in Test cricket alongside Jack Hobbs and Graeme Smith (South Africa).
- Cook is one of the three players to score 1000-plus runs in their debut calendar year. He scored 1013 runs in the year 2006.
- He scored hundreds in each of his first five Tests as captain – the only player to do so.
- His knock of 263 against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi in 2015 lasted 836 minutes – the third longest innings ever in terms of minutes batted in the history of Test cricket.
- His last hundred – unbeaten 244 at the MCG – is the highest by any player carrying the bat in Test cricket.
- He holds the England record for most Test caps (160), most wins (66), most losses (55) and most Tests leading them (59).
**Stats as on September 5, 2018
Stats courtesy- Cricbuzz, Wikipedia.
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