Former England’s captain Alastair Cook announced his retirement from the international cricket on Monday. Cook confirmed the news and told that the test match against India will be his last international match to be played.
Talking about his retirement, Alastair Cook said that he is happy as he has achieved more than he could ever imagined. He also feels privileged while playing with some of the great English game.
He said, “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”.
Confirming for the last international match to be played against India, Alastair Cook said that this test series would be his last international match.
Cook said, “After much thought and deliberation over the last few months I have decided to announce my retirement from international cricket at the end of this test series against India”.
“Although it is a sad day, I can do so with a big smile on my face knowing I have given everything and there is nothing left in the tank. The thought of not sharing the dressing room, again, with some of my teammates was the hardest part of my decision, but I know the timing is right”.
Former English cricketer Michael Vaughan has welcomed Alastair Cook’s decision and took to twitter by saying that no player has given more than he gave to England.
He said, “No player has given more to the England cricket shirt. No player has got more out of there abilities. No player has shown more strength than Alastair Cook. More than that he is the nicest cricketer we have ever had. Thanks for all memories cookie…#CookRetires”.
No player has given more to the England cricket shirt .. No player has got more out of there ability .. No player has shown more mental strength than Alastair Cook .. More than that he is the nicest Cricketer we have ever had .. Thanks for all the memories Cookie .. #CookRetires
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) September 3, 2018
The last match played against India will be his 159th match and he had scored 12,254 runs so far. Alastair Cook is counted among the first five English scorer followed by Garham Gooch and Alec Stewart”.
The highlighted match played by Cook includes Ashes win in 2010-11 and match played against 2012-13. His first debut match was in 2003 when he played for first XI. Later on, he joined England’s test series in 2006.
Alastair Cook was well-known to score 1000 runs in his debut year and centuries in his first match against India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and West Indies.