September 4, 2018
| On 10 months ago

Remembering Cook: Watch how Alastair Cook took his first and only Test wicket

By Chaitanya Laxman

Alastair Cook announced his retirement recently and the cricket world has started rating the England cricketer’s contribution to the game. A prolific run-maker at the top of the order, Cook has more than 12000 Test runs with 32 hundreds under his belt which makes him England’s most successful batsman ever and one of the best in modern Test cricket.

The left-hand batsman is known as a ‘pure batsman’ as he rarely bowled in international cricket. In fact during his 160 Tests, Cook bowled in only two innings. Interestingly in Cook’s very short bowling career which comprises of only 18 balls, he has claimed one wicket.

This special moment arrived in the first Test against India in 2014 at Nottingham.

In the second innings, India were eight down with a lead of 348 runs and the Test was headed for a draw. With nothing to lose, Cook brought himself in the bowling attack and miraculously the gamble worked.

Watch Cook’s unorthodox bowling action and wild celebrations after claiming his only Test wicket.

Bowling right arm medium pace over the wicket to Ishant Sharma, Cook ran in with a weird bowling action and delivered a poor delivery which was heading down the leg-side. It was bowled at a harmless pace and was no where close to the stumps.

But the batsman, Ishant had some other plans. He tried to guide the ball down the leg-side but managed to only kiss the ball. Matt Prior, behind the stumps, collected the ball nonchalantly in one hand by moving to his left-side.

As soon as the ball settled into Prior’s glove, the England cricketers erupted with joy and Cook set off for a celebratory jog. There were smiles everywhere while some of the support staff sitting in the balcony had emotions of utter disbelief on their faces.

Cook himself was amused and was seen laughing with his team-mates. This was Cook’s first Test wicket and it remains his only wicket in Test cricket till date.

Interestingly, Ishant Sharma, the man whom Cook dismissed , is also the bowler who has dismissed Cook for the most number of times (11 times) in Test cricket. Coincidence?

Chaitanya Laxman