London, Sep 10: In what could be termed as a fairytale finish, veteran England cricketer Alastair Cook notched up a century in the final innings of his Test career at Kia Oval on Monday (September 10) on the fourth day of the fifth Test match against India.
The 33-year-old cricketer, who started his Test career with a century against the same opponents, notched up his 33rd Test ton to end his career on a high. This also happens to be seventh Test century from the veteran left-hander.
Cook, who is playing his 161st Test, joined the league of extraordinary gentlemen to slam a ton in his farewell Test. No sooner than he reached his century, the 17000-plus crowd at Kia Oval erupted into joy and gave another standing ovation to the southpaw.
This is his 15th century in the second innings, which is most by any cricketer in the history of the game.
Cook scored a fifty (71) in the previous innings and made most of the opportunity in the second innings to convert the half-century in a ton.
List of cricketer to have scored Hundreds in both debut & last Test (>1 Test):
104 & 146 Reggie Duff (Australia)
110 & 266 Bill Ponsford (Australia)
108 & 182 Greg Chappell (Australia)
110 & 102 M Azharuddin (India)
104* & 101* Alastair Cook (India)
It has been a fantastic morning for England and Cook on the fourth day. His efforts not only today but throughout his entire career are being applauded by a good crowd in at the Oval.
Here's how Twitterati reacted after Cook gave a fairytale finish to his career:
This is what had to say about Cook's Century in last innings.
ICC congratulated Cook for his effort.
Veteran commentator Ayaz Menon lauds Alastair Cook for his century.
Former India cricketer Vinod Kambli hails Cook.
Former Sri Lanka cricketer Russel Arnold to congratulatedCook for his effort.
Former India cricketer RP Singh congratulates Cook.
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