It was an emotional as well as a joyful farewell for Alastair Cook at the Oval, as he bids adieu to
international cricket with 147 vs India. He became the fifth player in the history to score a
century on his debut and in the farewell Test match. Before him, Greg Chappell, Reggie Duff,
Mohammed Azharuddin, and William Ponsford achieved this rare title in the international
cricket arena.
The historic Oval ground and the beautiful late-summer afternoon paved a perfect ambiance
for Alastair Cook to lead England’s victory one last time with his best teammate James
Anderson. Nagpur, India was the ground where Cook scored his maiden century with 106
against India in the second innings. Thus started his highly successful run hunt, which ultimately
made him the highest run-scorer in England. After Sachin(15921), Ricky Ponting(13378),
Jacques Kallis(13289) and Rahul Dravid(13288), Cook finished as fifth highest Test run-scorer of
all time.
He is one of England’s most capped player as he captained England for 59 Tests and 69 ODIs. He
played a phenomenal role in the glorious victory of England in the 2009 Ashes Series. On
3 rd  September 2018, Cook announced that his twelve-year international career would end with
the Test series against India. As Alastair Nathan Cook lead the players off the historic field to a
rousing ovation from the cheering crowd at the Oval, the world witnessed a well-suited merry
farewell to a great cricketer of all time.