The England team was in high spirits after a series victory against India on Sunday. Things changed a little after former captain Alastair Cook announced his retirement from International Cricket.
A new trend #ThankYouChef burgeoned on Twitter with Alastair Cook voicing his decision to retire on Monday. The fifth and the final match of the ongoing series between England and India which commences on 7th September, at The Oval, will be his final Test match.
Breaking into the news
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) September 3, 2018
What a career Alastair Cook has had.
More on the news the former England captain will retire from international cricket.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) September 3, 2018
— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) September 3, 2018
Legends bid farewell to another legend
The fall in his performance graph was spectacular and raised many eyebrows. However, Cook’s will to retire was unforeseen. The shockwave was all over- legends of the game, writers, and even his critics paid their tribute to the Essex legend on Twitter. A record-breaking and record-setting ambassador of the game, Cook signed off on a high note. Yeah, his form was falling but England never seemed to get enough of him.
Cook showed class and guts in the most unrelenting position of all. A tributehttps://t.co/aKkJQbl2ht
— Mike atherton (@Athersmike) September 3, 2018
A wonderful player who was a wonderful ambassador of the game! Alastair Cook you are a true great of the game, all the very best in your life after cricket. Trust me so much less pressure. 😇
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) September 3, 2018
Alastair Cook retires from international cricket 😩 He gave it everything and more. Huge respect for a guy that has achieved so much, it was a pleasure being out in the middle when you… https://t.co/bvgK9DgUkA
— Paul Collingwood (@Colly622) September 3, 2018
#AlastairCook has been one of the finest batsmen to have represented @ECB_cricket, and his conduct on-field and off it, has been impeccable. Well played Alastair. Wish you all the very best for what your 2nd innings has in store for you! pic.twitter.com/Y2mZd31GaN
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 3, 2018
What a brilliant career for Alastair Cook! One of England's finest. Can retire with great pride at what he has achieved.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 3, 2018
— Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) September 3, 2018
Also if Alastair Cook doesn’t get a bowl at The Oval then Joe Root should resign as captain immediately pic.twitter.com/XY5PcqHjvr
— Charlie Reynolds (@cwjreynolds) September 3, 2018
“Although it is a sad day, I can do so with a big smile on my face knowing I have given everything”, Cook said in a press release and added that he has “nothing left in the tank”. The Fifth Test at The Oval will be his last and his 159th consecutive Test, a record that won’t be broken in a long time. He averages 44.88 having scored 12,254 runs, the most by any English player.