India vs England: Alastair Cook talks of surreal Test cricket exit after dramatic ton at Oval

The veteran did not disappoint the 19,000 spectators at the south London ground, reaching his 33rd century in 161 Tests in bizarre fashion, courtesy of four overthrows.

Published: 11th September 2018 09:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th September 2018 09:05 AM   |  A+A-

England's Alastair Cook, in his last ever batting innings before retiring from test cricket, walks off the field of play after losing his wicket from the bowling of India's Hanuma Vihari for 147 runs during the fifth Test match of a five match series between England and India at the Oval cricket ground in London, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. | AP

By AFP

LONDON: Alastair Cook said the final Test of his glittering career had contained some of the most "surreal" days of his cricketing life after he signed off with 147 in his last England innings on Monday.

The Essex opener has been given numerous standing ovations during the fifth Test against India at the Oval and the crowd were willing him to go out in style.

The veteran did not disappoint the 19,000 spectators at the south London ground, reaching his 33rd century in 161 Tests in bizarre fashion, courtesy of four overthrows.

The former England captain, about to become a father for the third time, said it was difficult to put his achievement into words.

"It's been the most surreal four days of my life really," he said. "I suppose if she (Alice, his wife) goes into labour tonight that will probably top it off but it's been incredible. 

"There's a few of my friends here as well so for that all to happen today and every reception I've had over the last four days it's just been incredible, even that last couple of overs when the whole crowd were singing my Barmy Army (fan) songs, incredibly special."

When asked if it was his best day ever in cricket, Cook described it as a "different day".

"On a purely selfish point of view I couldn't have asked for a better week for me so yes on that side but obviously there have been bigger things in more important games that have meant more."

- Pressure -
He said the match had been emotional for him with family and friends looking on, which had brought a different type of pressure.

"To perform and have a day like that I suppose after 160 other games, it's a nice way to go."

The left-handed batsman, who is going to continue to play for his county side Essex next season, said he was not having second thoughts over his decision to retire from international cricket, despite his heroics at the Oval, which have put England into a winning position.

"It's just time for me, it's time for my family and now it makes it even better," he said. "It's always nice people wanting you a little bit more than trying to kick you out and to go out on your own terms (makes it special)."

Cook said he hoped to round off his Test career with a win against top-ranked India on Tuesday, which would give England a 4-1 series victory.

He said retiring from England duty had, in the end, been an easy decision.

"Over the last 12, 18 months things have started to creep into my mind and losing that edge which has definitely happened in training and stuff so that decision was made for me, kind of," Cook explained.

"But it's obviously a big decision because chasing your dreams, playing for England is all I've ever really known."

"When you know it's right, it's right," he added. "This is just the icing on the cake."

Stay up to date on all the latest Cricket news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

facebook twitter whatsapp