Kohli on Alastair Cook’s retirement: Indian captain made a special mention of Alastair Cook in the presentation ceremony.
After England beat India by 118 runs in the fifth Test and 4-1 in the ongoing Pataudi Trophy at The Oval, what began was a grand presentation ceremony.
Given the events which had happened in this Test match, such a ceremony was bound to happen. Right from England taking all the honors for this series to their most successful batsman in Alastair Cook retiring to James Anderson surpassing Glenn McGrath as the fast bowler with most Test wickets, a series of events as prestigious as this one is bound to receive a considerable amount of felicitation.
A day such as today was a rare occasion but these are the moments for which players play the game. One could see the emotions on the faces of the English players as they were rejoicing in celebrations.
On the other hand, Indian captain Virat Kohli was seen talking about Lokesh Rahul and Rishabh Pant during the presentation ceremony. Apart from talking about how the series went and this being one of his favorite Test series, Kohli also said heartwarming words for Cook.
“Just one word for Alastair, you’ve had a great career, for everything you’ve done, we wish you all the best for the future”, Kohli said about the retiring legend of not just the English team but the whole cricketing world.
Coming in from one of the most competitive players around the world, these words would have mattered a lot to the 33-year old southpaw, who earlier became only the fifth player to score a Test century in both his debut and farewell matches.
Cook will leave international cricket with 15,737 runs across the three formats of the game. His 12,472 runs in Test cricket are the highest by any English batsman.