Alastair Cook celebrates his 33rd Test ton | Getty
Alastair Cook celebrates his 33rd Test ton | Getty

Alastair Cook etched his name in the cricket history books as he became only the fifth player to score a century in his first and last Tests during the fourth day of the fifth Test between England and India at The Oval on Monday (September 10).

Cook, who called time on his cricket career ahead of the fifth Test against India, didn’t only make the farewell Test memorable for himself but also for his English teammates and the capacity crowd present at The Oval.

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The southpaw notched up his 33rd Test ton off 210 balls and in the process helped England to set a massive target of 464 for India in the fourth innings.

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Cook was eventually dismissed for 147 by the debutant Hanuma Vihari. His farewell knock was laced with 14 boundaries. Alastair Cook is retiring from international cricket with a number of England records to his name, including most Test appearances, most runs and most tons.

During his herculean innings, Cook also leapfrogged Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara to become the fifth highest run-getter in the history of Test cricket.

Coming to the match, India are currently tottering at 58/3 in their second essay, with KL Rahul (46*) and Ajinkya Rahane (10*) at the crease. While Anderson got rid of Dhawan and Pujara for 1 and 0 respectively, Broad removed the in-form Kohli for a golden duck.

By Salman Anjum