Former England captain Alastair Cook will take the field for one last time on the final day of fifth and final Test against India at The Oval Tuesday. Yesterday, in his final innings, the 33-year-old scored 147 to help his team take complete control of the match.
During his 286-ball innings, Cook made a flurry of records. The opener moved past Kumar Sangakkara into the fifth place in the all-time Test run-scorers' list. He now has 12472 runs from 161 matches, at an average of 45.35 with the help of 33 hundreds. He is England's highest scorer in Test, and also the most capped player.
Cook also became the highest scoring left-hander in Test, once again going past Sri Lankan legend Sangakkara. The former England captain became the fifth player to score a century both in his debut and final Test.
Many, including past and present crickteres, wished Cook for his hundred and also for an outstanding career. Some of the tweets are here:
Fitting final innings for Alastair Cook. 100 in his last test innings must be a very fulfilling feeling, along the way also becoming the 5th highest run scorer in test history .— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) September 10, 2018
Congratulations Alastair Cook ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ©ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ³ #Champion Innings ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ»— Saqlain Mushtaq (@Saqlain_Mushtaq) September 10, 2018
A century in your last innings. And an ovation that looked like it would never end. It was, as Joe Root said, "written in the stars". What a moment for the mighty Alastair Cook.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 10, 2018
Cook made his England debut in 2006 against India at Nagpur. He scored 60 in the first innings, then hit an unbeaten 104 in the drawn match.