The 33-year-old Alastair Cook was presented with a memorable cap to mark his 161st and final appearance before play began while India’s players and umpires formed a guard of honour as he walked to the crease.
Playing his last Test at Oval, Alastair Cook becomes only player in the world to achieve this milestone. He is the only player in world who played 30 Tests against India. He broken the record of former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting who played 29 Tests against India.
However, former West Indies cricketer Clive Lloyd, Viv Richards and former Pakistani cricketer Javed Miandad who played 28 Tests against India.
Apart from this James Anderson also made the record who played 27 Tests and Shivnarine Chanderpaul with 25 Tests against India.
👨🍳 12 years, 160 caps, 12,254 runs, 32 centuries and records galore.— The PCA (@PCA) September 7, 2018
Alastair Cook played with 74 teammates for England & they have flocked to the PCA to congratulate him.
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Alastair Cook made his Test debut against India in 2006 at Nagpur at 21 years of age. In this match, he scored 60 runs in the first innings and scored 104 in the second innings.
Cook becomes the only fifth batsman to score a ton and fifty in the debut test. While Cook had not played the Mumbai Test due to stomach trouble in March 2006 after his first two Tests.
India playing 11:
England playing 11:
Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Moeen Ali, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson