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WATCH: Alastair Cook receives standing applause from The Oval in his last Test innings

Dixit Bhargav

Alastair Cook receives standing applause

Alastair Cook receives standing applause: The former England captain received unending applause on completing his 33rd Test century.

During the fourth day of the fifth Test of the ongoing Pataudi Trophy between England and India, former England captain Alastair Cook scored his 33rd Test century in his last Test innings.

In which was an exceptionally well-played innings, it was celebrated in an even better way from the audiences. Cook became the fifth Test batsman to have scored a century in both his debut and farewell match. Having made his debut against India at Nagpur in 2006, Cook ended up scoring a century against the same opposition at The Oval.

After Cook achieved the feat, he received a warm standing ovation from the crowd. The applauds continued to the extent that the 33-year old southpaw was seen getting emotional as well.

His family was also present the the venue and was seen in an equally jubilant mood. Current England captain Joe Root, who had succeeded Cook last year, was at the other end with Cook and was seen overjoyed as he hugged his senior partner.

The reason why everyone was euphoric post Cook scoring a century was his recent form. Abysmal returns with the bat had given birth to questions on his ability. However, with this hundred, Cook had proved to himself than to anyone else that he still has it in him to churn out runs at this stage.

Cook became the first English batsman to have achieved his feat of scoring a Test century in his first and last match. Before him, Reginald Duff (Australia), William Pornsford (Australia), Greg Chappell (Australia) and Mohammad Azharuddin have achieved this feat.

Cook and Root resumed England’s innings in the first session. The duo has currently added 181 runs for the third wicket as England are on their way to post another match-winning total. For Cook, ending his career in this fairy tale manner would have surely meant a lot.

Earlier, he also surpassed Kumar Sangakkara as the fifth-highest run-scorer in Test matches and also the most by a left-handed batsman.

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Dixit Bhargav

Dixit Bhargav


Born and brought up in Pathankot, Dixit Bhargav is an engineering and sports management graduate who works as a Cricket Editor at The SportsRush. Having written more than 10,000 articles across more than five years at TSR, his first cricketing memory dates back to 2002 when former India captain Sourav Ganguly had waved his jersey at the historic Lord’s balcony. What followed for an 8-year-old was an instant adulation for both Ganguly and the sport. The optimist in him is waiting for the day when Punjab Kings will win their maiden Indian Premier League title. When not watching cricket, he is mostly found in a cinema hall watching a Punjabi movie.

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