Alastair Cook, the great England cricketer is set to retire from international cricket after the fifth Test against India.
As a farewell to the legendary England cricketer, Team India welcomed Cook at the crease on day one of the Test with a guard of honor.
Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat first in the final Test and 30 minutes later Cook came out to bat along with Keaton Jennings. As soon as Cook entered the field, the Indian team stood in a line and paid respect to the England opener.
At the end of the line, India’s captain, Virat Kohli, greeted Cook. The two umpires of the game were also a part of the guard of honor.
You can see the incredible scenes of Alastair Cook receiving the guard of honor by Team India here.
👏 Cook receives a guard of honour from India's team as he makes his way out onto the pitch at The Oval!
Thank you, Cookie! 🍪
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) September 7, 2018
Cook announced his retirement after his team won the fourth Test and sealed the Test series 3-1. The England batsman was going through a lean patch in 2018 and he was receiving a lot of criticism over his lack of contribution at the top of the order.
The 33-year-old decided to hang his boots as he thought he has ‘lost the mental edge’ which enabled him to score runs throughout his career.
Cook will be finishing his career as the highest run-getter for England with more than 12 thousand Test runs and also has scored the most Test hundreds for his nation- 32.
Interestingly, Cook made his debut in Test cricket against India in 2006 at Nagpur and he will be finishing his career against the same opponent.
In an incredible career that lasted for 12 years, Cook also captained England for some duration and lead the team to a couple of popular Ashes series wins. He contributed heavily with the bat in England’s best overseas Test series wins of the 21st century- against India in 2012 and against Australia in 2014.
The left-hand batsman was an essential cog of the England team that topped the ICC Test team rankings during this period.